Peter Ward is a senior researcher at Kookmin University, a writer and researcher focusing on the North Korean economy, and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Vienna.
While new law shows state concerned about rural poverty, solutions rely on redistribution of resources that don’t exist
Infant Care Act mandates food production for kids and building daycares, but in process creates new burdens for people
Climate change is amplifying floods and droughts, but regime is unwilling or unable to invest in robust infrastructure
Creation of anti-battery law points to widespread violence, but light penalties betray authorities’ lenient attitude
DPRK laws shine light on efforts to reassert control in key economic sectors, a move that could stifle innovation
A new North Korean law polices intonation, jargon and more in futile effort to curtail ‘the puppet way of speaking’
DPRK has likely fudged numbers since 90s famine, a finding that impacts assessments of military and economic strength
Reports suggest regional banks have more power than ever, even as state reigns in market mechanisms on national level
Penalties for poor performance and inability to fact check has made false reporting endemic, analysis of new law shows
Recent DPRK law creates legal market for the draft animal in the most significant agricultural reform in years
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