August 10, 2020


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.


Why Lee In-young may be the most vocal and successful unification minister yet

Lee's unification ministry will likely play a stronger, more active role in inter-Korean relations

Martin Weiser August 4, 2020

Why the world shouldn’t dismiss North Korea’s COVID-19 vaccine trials

North Korea's increased investment and emphasis on research means COVID-19 clinical trials might actually be underway

Martin Weiser July 28, 2020

North Korean insurance company data gives unprecedented peek into DPRK economy

National insurer is facing growing competition from new, small companies

Martin Weiser July 24, 2020

North Korea changes its maritime law amid increased fishing, casualties

North Korea is addressing safety issues and becoming increasingly transparent about changes to the maritime law

Martin Weiser July 22, 2020

North Korea’s July Politburo meeting: what was discussed and why it matters

The meeting's main focus was COVID-19, but it appears a number of promotions were made as well

Martin Weiser July 6, 2020

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

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

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

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

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