April 24, 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.


A North Korean ministry returns from dead, and what it means for farming reform

DPRK revealed new policies that could incentivize farmers to boost crop output, while also reinforcing state control

Peter WardPeter WardOctober 3, 2023

North Korea demands end to regional inequality, but offers mostly futile fixes

While new law shows state concerned about rural poverty, solutions rely on redistribution of resources that don’t exist

Peter WardPeter WardSeptember 12, 2023

How North Korea seeks to fix its stark problem of child malnutrition

Infant Care Act mandates food production for kids and building daycares, but in process creates new burdens for people

Peter WardPeter WardAugust 28, 2023

A brewing storm: How North Korea has failed to prepare for extreme weather

Climate change is amplifying floods and droughts, but regime is unwilling or unable to invest in robust infrastructure

Peter WardPeter WardAugust 23, 2023

A history of violence: North Korea seeks to curb assault with toothless new law

Creation of anti-battery law points to widespread violence, but light penalties betray authorities’ lenient attitude

Peter WardPeter WardAugust 4, 2023

Why North Korea has reined in firms’ freedom to set their own prices

DPRK laws shine light on efforts to reassert control in key economic sectors, a move that could stifle innovation

Peter WardPeter WardJuly 12, 2023

A war on words: Kim Jong Un’s Orwellian crackdown on talking like South Koreans

A new North Korean law polices intonation, jargon and more in futile effort to curtail ‘the puppet way of speaking’

Peter WardPeter WardJune 28, 2023

The other Korean demographic crisis: Unmasking North Korea’s population data

DPRK has likely fudged numbers since 90s famine, a finding that impacts assessments of military and economic strength

Peter WardPeter WardJune 23, 2023

One step forward, two back: North Korea’s confounding new financial reforms

Reports suggest regional banks have more power than ever, even as state reigns in market mechanisms on national level

Peter WardPeter WardJune 13, 2023

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
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