January 27, 2021


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.


Full recap: North Korea reshuffles key leadership roles at Eighth Party Congress

Kim Jong Un got a new title, Kim Yo Jong was demoted and the Politburo focused on economic experts

Martin Weiser January 12, 2021

Mystery man: Kim Hyong Sik’s rise to head of the DPRK’s new judicial department

The unknown official’s promotion and creation of new department suggest more emphasis on rule by law in North Korea

Martin Weiser January 8, 2021

Timeline: How North Korean propaganda hyped Kim Jong Un in 2020

DPRK propaganda in 2020 spoke to Kim Jong Un’s growing cult of personality and changing leadership style

Martin Weiser December 30, 2020

Ri Son Gwon’s demotion teases major leadership changes at Party Congress

It’s becoming increasingly clear that major leadership changes will be finalized at the Jan. 2020 Eighth Party Congress

Martin Weiser November 10, 2020

North Korea made a big political change by demoting its state security minister

The demotion of Jong Kyong Thaek points to even larger internal changes within DPRK leadership

Martin Weiser October 29, 2020

Executive Policy Council: Kim Jong Un strengthens party institutions yet again

Changes to North Korea’s Executive Policy Council mark a fundamental shift in how the Workers’ Party of Korea operates

Martin Weiser October 6, 2020

North Korean insurance company data quietly signals economic recovery

Data from five insurance firms all show big improvement to performance, with one even reversing a bad downturn

Martin Weiser August 28, 2020

Leadership changes and odd scheduling tease North Korea’s next party congress

State media revealed several demotions among top leadership and scheduled a major party congress for Jan. 2021

Martin Weiser August 24, 2020

Promoted or demoted? Major North Korean leadership changes and what they mean

North Korea's Politburo has met with unprecedented frequency this year, with at least four meetings held since June

Martin Weiser August 17, 2020

Leadership shuffle? Top DPRK official possibly moved to economy-focused gig

Ri Man Gon, former head of North Korea's OGD, seems to be in a new position after a possible demotion

Martin Weiser August 14, 2020
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