May 25, 2024


Peter Ward

Peter Ward

Peter Ward is a research fellow at the Sejong Institute. His work focuses on North Korean politics, the economy and society. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Vienna.


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

“The Great Transformation”: snapshots of North Korean life in the 1970s

A DPRK-made documentary reveals Kim Jong Il's rise to power and a rapidly changing country

Peter WardPeter WardMarch 21, 2018

A tale of two lucky pranksters: Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un

Both leaders have enjoyed some success against the odds - but their good fortune is bound to run out

Peter WardPeter WardMarch 5, 2018

Toil by day, study at night: work-life balance in Kim Il Sung’s North Korea

The DPRK's founding leader had some unusual theories about social welfare

Peter WardPeter WardFebruary 21, 2018

How North Korea turned to terrorism to stop the ’88 Seoul Olympics

When a boycott failed, Pyongyang used bombs to make its point

Peter WardPeter WardFebruary 6, 2018

North Korea’s ill-fated campaign to stop the ’88 Seoul Olympics

From boycotts to demands for joint hosting rights, Pyongyang was desperate to halt the games

Peter WardPeter WardJanuary 25, 2018

When North Korea almost backed China-style economic reforms

A brief flirtation with Dengist marketization was abandoned - only a few years before the famine

Peter WardPeter WardJanuary 8, 2018

The true story of Pak Pong Ju: a mission of radical reform

Since 2000s, N. Korean premier has pushed changes that have helped DPRK's economy survive sanctions

Peter WardPeter WardDecember 18, 2017

The legend of Pak Pong Ju: a film tribute to N. Korea’s premier

"Guarantee" depicts Pak as the ideal Party man and offers possible hints about his biography

Peter WardPeter WardDecember 11, 2017

Cadres behaving badly: a cautionary tale, North Korean-style

"Our Family’s Problem" is a compelling portrait of day-to-day Party life in the 1970s

Peter WardPeter WardDecember 4, 2017