July 07, 2022

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.

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North Korea continues to claw back control from the private economy

After flirting with reformism, Kim Jong Un appears eager to return to central planning

Peter WardPeter WardMay 17, 2021
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Kim Jong Un’s battle with teen spirit, foreign media and bureaucracy goes public

Kim is no longer airing out his social concerns to just his close cadres or the party faithful

Peter WardPeter WardMay 4, 2021
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How renewed North Korean border trade will affect currency, food and fuel

Mounting evidence suggests that North Korea will soon allow more imports into the country

Peter WardPeter WardApril 21, 2021
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North Korea is ordering small-time secretaries to clean up its ideological mess

DPRK leader Kim Jong Un gave a speech to party cell secretaries last week at a special conference

Peter WardPeter WardApril 13, 2021
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North Korea is sending mixed signals about the state of its market reforms

North Korea hinted that it was going to exert more state control over the economy, but is that really happening?

Peter WardPeter WardMarch 29, 2021
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From McDonald’s to Walmart: How North Korea can reinvent its economy

Large Western retail corporations could serve as a model for Pyongyang’s centrally-planned production

Peter WardPeter WardMarch 10, 2021
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North Korea’s economy is in a state of catastrophe, but the issue is decades-old

New data shows that the DPRK’s economic stagnation started much earlier than researchers previously thought

Peter WardPeter WardFebruary 26, 2021
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Open for business? North Korea can learn a lot from Cuba’s economic reforms

North Korea has a similar history to Cuba, but has lagged behind since the collapse of European communism in the 1990s

Peter WardPeter WardFebruary 17, 2021
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North Korea is fighting to take back control of its economy from the markets

Kim Jong Un steered his country away from economic reform at the recent Eighth Party Congress and Second Plenary Meeting

Peter WardPeter WardFebruary 16, 2021
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So far, North Korea’s new economic plan is full of bad signs

State media shared vague details about Party Congress economic reforms that suggest more state control on DPRK markets

Peter WardPeter WardJanuary 11, 2021
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