May 16, 2021

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Thomas Schäfer

Thomas Schäfer

Thomas Schäfer was the German ambassador to North Korea from 2007 to 2010 and from 2013 to 2018.

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Analysis

What we lost with North Korea’s dwindled expat population: A diplomat’s account

Ambassador Thomas Schäfer recalls what he learned from his firsthand experiences in the DPRK

Author Image Thomas Schäfer April 28, 2021
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Analysis

Why North Korea paradoxically does and does not want to boost its economy

Many carrots have been dangled in front of the DPRK, but leaders don’t want economic growth to ruin their political sway

Author Image Thomas Schäfer January 6, 2021
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Analysis

North Korean moderates need their power back — or nuclear talks won’t succeed

Major political shifts in the DPRK leadership are derailing negotiations today

Author Image Thomas Schäfer September 10, 2020