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Law and order: North Korea’s up-to-date Penal Code

Law and order: North Korea’s up-to-date Penal Code

The 2015 edition reveals how the DPRK continues to punish political and economic crimes

Law and order: North Korea’s up-to-date Penal Code
Fyodor TertitskiyFyodor Tertitskiy January 29, 2018
Crime and punishment: a brief history of North Korea’s penal code

Crime and punishment: a brief history of North Korea’s penal code

What began as a clone of the Soviet system has developed to uniquely suit the DPRK's circumstances

Crime and punishment: a brief history of North Korea’s penal code
Fyodor TertitskiyFyodor Tertitskiy January 25, 2018
New South Korean unilateral sanctions: What are Moon’s options?

New South Korean unilateral sanctions: What are Moon’s options?

Seoul has only a few options left if it wants to increase pressure on Pyongyang

New South Korean unilateral sanctions: What are Moon’s options?
Chad O'CarrollChad O'Carroll August 2, 2017
From Kim Jong Il to Kim Jong Un: N. Korean leadership dynamics since 1995

From Kim Jong Il to Kim Jong Un: N. Korean leadership dynamics since 1995

Analysis reveals Kim Jong Un-era figures most focused on economy, while old guard dominates military and political events

From Kim Jong Il to Kim Jong Un: N. Korean leadership dynamics since 1995
Tristan WebbTristan Webb June 30, 2017
Tensions on the Korean Peninsula: Plus ça change?

Tensions on the Korean Peninsula: Plus ça change?

Despite current anxieties, lessons from past tensions offer hope

Tensions on the Korean Peninsula: Plus ça change?
Tristan WebbTristan Webb April 20, 2017
Kim Jong Un’s February Activity: “Le Roi Est Mort, Vive Le Roi”

Kim Jong Un’s February Activity: “Le Roi Est Mort, Vive Le Roi”

Leadership activities dominated by Kim Jong Il's 75th birth anniversary event

Kim Jong Un’s February Activity: “Le Roi Est Mort, Vive Le Roi”
Tristan WebbTristan Webb March 10, 2017
Rumblings at the top: Kim Won Hong’s fall from grace

Rumblings at the top: Kim Won Hong’s fall from grace

The recent demotion of North Korea's spy chief speaks to the country's Machiavellian political structure

Rumblings at the top: Kim Won Hong’s fall from grace
Christopher GreenChristopher Green February 16, 2017
Special relationship: China and “strategic patience”

Special relationship: China and “strategic patience”

The alliance between the DPRK and its closest ally is not as clear-cut as many believe

Special relationship: China and “strategic patience”
Weiqi ZhangWeiqi Zhang December 1, 2016
The DPRK economy and its laws #3: Are inter-Korean agreements dead or alive?

The DPRK economy and its laws #3: Are inter-Korean agreements dead or alive?

While inter-Korean relations are on ice, important agreements not yet torn up

The DPRK economy and its laws #3: Are inter-Korean agreements dead or alive?
Tristan WebbTristan Webb August 30, 2016
From hero to zero: North Korea’s failure in Yanbian

From hero to zero: North Korea’s failure in Yanbian

Economic decline, Southern culture explain North's gradual loss of appeal to provincial residents of Korean origin

From hero to zero: North Korea’s failure in Yanbian