June 04, 2023


Peter Ward

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.


Poker face: North Korea tries new strategy in crackdown on ‘bluffing’ and lying

Penalties for poor performance and inability to fact check has made false reporting endemic, analysis of new law shows

Peter WardPeter WardMay 19, 2023

Don’t have a cow, man? Now North Korean farmers can get one at oxen marketplace

Recent DPRK law creates legal market for the draft animal in the most significant agricultural reform in years

Peter WardPeter WardApril 12, 2023

How North Korea’s decrepit tax system encourages illicit market activity

Poor collection mechanisms cannot fund state largesse, incentivizing even the military to seek cash from elsewhere

Peter WardPeter WardApril 7, 2023

Friendship and family networks are key to getting outside info to North Koreans

Autocratic regimes atomize communities and increase suspicion, but some spaces are safer for sharing illicit info

Peter WardPeter Ward | Steven DenneyMarch 13, 2023

Why Kim Jong Un’s farming ‘revolution’ will do little to curb food insecurity

At latest plenum, North Korea promised bright communist future but refused to address chronic structural issues

Peter WardPeter WardMarch 6, 2023

How North Korean state firms bend the rules to rake in cash from market activity

Newly revealed DPRK law details crackdown on use of special privileges to dodge taxes, embezzle funds and more

Peter WardPeter WardFebruary 24, 2023

Blurred lines: Inside North Korea’s messy business ecosystem

Both state power and market forces shape the DPRK economy in ways that are only now coming into focus

Peter WardPeter WardFebruary 15, 2023

Why North Korea is the ultimate sucker bet for would-be investors

Cheap labor and proximity to China are not enough to make DPRK preferable to alternatives like Vietnam and Indonesia

Peter WardPeter WardFebruary 6, 2023

North Korea’s bleak budget for 2023 hints COVID and trade controls will stay

Officials expect just 1% revenue growth this year, betraying few hopes for improvements in pandemic economic situation

Peter WardPeter WardJanuary 20, 2023

How the Chinese economy is becoming more and more like North Korea’s

As Beijing turns less capitalist and market-friendly, it grows more unlikely the DPRK will embrace true economic reforms

Peter WardPeter WardJanuary 16, 2023
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