Peter Ward is a writer and researcher focusing on the North Korean economy, as well as a PhD candidate at the University of Vienna.
Talks in Pyongyang come at a critical time for both sides, though concrete outcomes may be limited
While overly-ambitious, the Rason project offers some important lessons for future DPRK SEZs
The data does not indicate that the supply situation has dramatically worsened this year
Open-source data suggests that prices remain at a record low, despite reported shortages
Data reveals a surprising degree of profitability, though the usual caveats apply
While the DPRK is undoubtedly facing looming shortages, the numbers don't always tell the full story
One of the DPRK's flagship investment projects has a numbers problem
Open-source tenders offer some insights into how the DPRK hopes to attract foreign investment
Major aspects of DPRK-style economic management appear to be being transplanted into SEZ law
Leading indicators suggests stability prevails for now, though renewed foreign investment remains unlikely
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