July 02, 2020

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Martin Weiser

Martin Weiser received his MA from Korea University in 2014 with a thesis explaining North Korea’s changing human rights policy. He has continued researching North Korea’s political history as an independent researcher since then. His writings have appeared on SinoNK and in 2018 an article on the country’s legal system appeared in the European Journal of Korean Studies.

Analysis

Sitting above rank: the rise of Ri Pyong Chol, Pak Jong Chon, and the military

Seating arrangements at recent high-profile political meetings suggest the military's growing influence in North Korea

Martin Weiser July 1, 2020
Analysis

After a long silence, the Rodong Sinmun revives commentaries on foreign policy

Commentaries had disappeared by October 2019, but have come back recently, discussing Hong Kong and leaflet launches

Martin Weiser June 12, 2020
Analysis

At North Korean military meeting, nuclear and personnel issues take precedence

The 4th Enlarged Meeting of the Seventh CMC prioritized national defense, while also seeing some important promotions

Martin Weiser May 25, 2020
Analysis

The leader’s visits to Kumsusan palace: evolving patterns under Kim Jong Un

Precedent suggests the leader's absence last week, while unusual, may not be that significant

Martin Weiser April 24, 2020
Analysis

North Korea’s Supreme People’s Assembly meets: new laws and notable promotions

The rubber-stamp parliament's first session this year saw officials approve three new laws

Martin Weiser April 13, 2020
Analysis

Inside North Korea’s growing insurance industry: a look at the key players

Company websites offer some insights into an increasingly competitive market

Martin Weiser July 17, 2019