April 06, 2020

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Peter Ward

Peter Ward is a writer and researcher focusing on the North Korean economy, as well as a PhD candidate at the University of Vienna.

Analysis

What to expect at this week’s fifth Kim-Xi summit

Talks in Pyongyang come at a critical time for both sides, though concrete outcomes may be limited

Peter Ward June 18, 2019
Analysis

The Wonsan-Kumgang zone in comparative perspective: Rason, past and present

While overly-ambitious, the Rason project offers some important lessons for future DPRK SEZs

Peter Ward June 10, 2019
Analysis

How serious is the food situation in North Korea? The view from the corn market

The data does not indicate that the supply situation has dramatically worsened this year

Peter Ward May 29, 2019
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How serious is the food situation in North Korea? The view from the rice market

Open-source data suggests that prices remain at a record low, despite reported shortages

Peter Ward May 23, 2019
Analysis

The Wonsan-Kumgang zone foreign investment proposals: the view from Europe

Data reveals a surprising degree of profitability, though the usual caveats apply

Peter Ward May 20, 2019
Analysis

How serious is the food situation in North Korea? The view from the official data

While the DPRK is undoubtedly facing looming shortages, the numbers don't always tell the full story

Peter Ward May 15, 2019
Analysis

The Wonsan-Kumgang zone foreign investment proposals: the view from China

One of the DPRK's flagship investment projects has a numbers problem

Peter Ward May 7, 2019
Analysis

The Wonsan-Kumgang international tourist zone FDI proposals: some key findings

Open-source tenders offer some insights into how the DPRK hopes to attract foreign investment

Peter Ward May 2, 2019
Analysis

Why, increasingly, North Korea’s economy looks like its Special Economic Zones

Major aspects of DPRK-style economic management appear to be being transplanted into SEZ law

Peter Ward March 13, 2019
Analysis

How the failed Hanoi summit could impact the North Korean economy

Leading indicators suggests stability prevails for now, though renewed foreign investment remains unlikely

Peter Ward March 8, 2019