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.


The end of the PDS? Early economic reform debate in North Korea

Kim Il Sung's works show that internal discussion was more common than readers might assume

Peter WardPeter WardNovember 9, 2017

Why South Koreans would stand up to the North

The Republic of Korea would not simply roll over in the event of a U.S. withdrawal

Peter WardPeter WardOctober 6, 2017

North Korea’s fishing industry: Markets, private business, and foreign trade

New sanctions target a burgeoning entrepreneurial class often independent from the state

Peter WardPeter WardAugust 25, 2017

Is it time for South Korea to develop nukes?

A nuclear-armed Seoul could deal with Pyongyang on an equal playing field

Peter WardPeter WardJune 23, 2017

The American-shaped dilemmas facing South Korea’s next President

Could Moon Jae-in recalibrate the alliance with the U.S.?

Peter WardPeter WardMarch 29, 2017

The myth of Kim Jong Un’s absolute power

Seeing North Korea a "one-man dictatorship" is a lazy generalization

Peter WardPeter WardMarch 20, 2017

Why THAAD is a big fat gift to North Korea

Driving a wedge between China and U.S. can only be good for Kim Jong Un

Peter WardPeter WardMarch 13, 2017

Why North Korea’s repressive system may help, not hinder, economic growth

The DPRK's system of controls and surveillance could be engendering trust between businessmen

Peter WardPeter WardMarch 5, 2017

Why farmers may be sowing the seeds of North Korea’s economic reform

An innocuous sounding state media report gives a glimpse at a changing economic system

Peter WardPeter WardFebruary 27, 2017

How Stalinism built North Korea’s command economy

Despite its idiosyncratic system, the DPRK economy is built on classically Soviet ground

Peter WardPeter WardSeptember 7, 2016