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July 13, 2024


Martin Weiser

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.


Seemingly boring budget meeting offers clues about developments in North Korea

Market fees could become important revenue source amid trade restart, while empty chair hints at leadership changes

Martin WeiserMartin WeiserFebruary 16, 2022

Timeline: How North Korean propaganda dialed back focus on Kim Jong Un in 2021

More erratic messaging appears to reflect upheavals in propaganda leadership, as notable changes decline in second half

Martin WeiserMartin WeiserJanuary 19, 2022

Promotions at party meeting reinforce North Korea’s focus on economic challenges

State media reported 45 promotions that broadly align with the country’s policy directions, albeit with some exceptions

Martin WeiserMartin WeiserJanuary 3, 2022

North Korea creates new foodstuff ministry as it hastens to address food crisis

Evidence suggests DPRK may have reorganized ministries last year to deal with consequences of COVID border restrictions

Martin WeiserMartin WeiserDecember 27, 2021

Kim Yo Jong almost certainly wasn’t promoted, but she may be soon

While likely due to family ties, her position at key event last week also hinted at her current and future roles

Martin WeiserMartin WeiserDecember 20, 2021

North Korean insurance data points to small business growth despite pandemic

Data from five insurers suggests they’re weathering the downturn and that the economy has declined less than thought

Martin WeiserMartin WeiserDecember 16, 2021

Why North Korea’s politburo held a secret meeting in recent months

Change in rank of a key department director hints at reasons and timing of first unpublicized gathering since last year

Martin WeiserMartin WeiserDecember 9, 2021

North Korea may have quietly launched a new arts and culture department

New ruling party organization may tie to greater efforts to promote Kim Jong Un and state ideology in popular media

Martin WeiserMartin WeiserNovember 22, 2021

Reshuffles at North Korea’s parliament session suggest volatility at the top

The latest round of promotions and demotions highlights major changes in DPRK leadership since January

Martin WeiserMartin WeiserOctober 4, 2021

Fake news? North Korea quickly recalled Rodong Sinmun after name mix-up

DPRK propagandists made a rare mistake that could have been a misprint, or a sign of behind-the-scenes power struggles

Martin WeiserMartin WeiserOctober 1, 2021
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