December 06, 2023


Peter Ward

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.


How N. Korea can fix its credibility problem with international investors

Building trust will require compromises, but potential solutions available

Peter WardPeter WardJune 25, 2018

Risky business? Potential sectors for investment in North Korea

Mining, finance, and infrastructure could be lucrative industries when - and if - sanctions are relieved

Peter WardPeter WardJune 18, 2018

Art of the deal: commercial contracts in DPRK law

Analysis shows enterprises have been granted unparalleled fiscal autonomy in certain areas of activity

Peter WardPeter WardMay 30, 2018

North Korea as the next Vietnam? It’s unlikely

"Reform and opening-up" could be highly damaging to political stability

Peter WardPeter WardMay 15, 2018

Why South Korean politics holds scary lessons for North Korea’s elite

The sorry fates of former ROK heads of state could one day be visited on the Kims

Peter WardPeter WardMay 8, 2018

The biggest tax cuts in North Korean history

The DPRK's command economy made the abolition of personal income tax largely symbolic

Peter WardPeter WardMay 7, 2018

Just how planned is the North Korean industrial economy?

Many firms enjoy full fiscal and operational autonomy, but high-priority sectors remain under total state control

Peter WardPeter WardMay 3, 2018

Mandate for a meeting? The third inter-Korean summit and ROK public opinion

Seoul continues to enjoy majority support for its policy of rapprochement - though that may not last

Peter WardPeter WardApril 23, 2018

Capitalism with North Korean characteristics: markets in DPRK law

Analysis of open-source documents suggests the legal system is increasingly flexible

Peter WardPeter WardApril 17, 2018

North Korean agriculture under Kim Jong Un: quiet revolution or recognition of reality?

Analysis suggests the state increasingly recognizes property rights and private markets

Peter WardPeter WardApril 10, 2018