September 28, 2021

History

Information related to North Korean history

When a Czechoslovak diplomat bemoaned the Prague Spring from Pyongyang

When a Czechoslovak diplomat bemoaned the Prague Spring from Pyongyang

Czechoslovakia played a unique role on the Korean Peninsula during the Cold War, rubbing some the wrong way

When a Czechoslovak diplomat bemoaned the Prague Spring from Pyongyang
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Fyodor Tertitskiy September 23, 2021
The tangled fates of the Koreas and the UN: An NK Pro deep dive
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The tangled fates of the Koreas and the UN: An NK Pro deep dive

NK Pro explores the UN’s pivotal role on the peninsula as North and South mark 30 years since becoming full UN members

The tangled fates of the Koreas and the UN: An NK Pro deep dive
James Fretwell
James Fretwell September 17, 2021
Guns in one hand: Kim Jong Un’s revitalization of the Worker-Peasant Red Guards

Guns in one hand: Kim Jong Un’s revitalization of the Worker-Peasant Red Guards

Elite force featured in parade is akin to the National Guard, helping to repel invasion and respond to natural disasters

Guns in one hand: Kim Jong Un’s revitalization of the Worker-Peasant Red Guards
Benjamin R. Young
Benjamin R. Young September 17, 2021
As Japanese election approaches, Shinzo Abe’s legacy on North Korea looms large

As Japanese election approaches, Shinzo Abe’s legacy on North Korea looms large

Former prime minister championed abduction issue but oversaw deteriorating relations with Pyongyang and Seoul

As Japanese election approaches, Shinzo Abe’s legacy on North Korea looms large
Oliver Jia
Oliver Jia September 16, 2021
The eccentric South Korean intellectual in Pyongyang’s employ

The eccentric South Korean intellectual in Pyongyang’s employ

Song Du-yul acted as an enthusiastic propagandist for the regime and likely held a prominent role in the bureaucracy

The eccentric South Korean intellectual in Pyongyang’s employ
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov September 16, 2021
Kids these days: North Korea calls on youth to emulate their virtuous parents

Kids these days: North Korea calls on youth to emulate their virtuous parents

A North Korean radio drama gives important insights into growing generational divides inside the country

Kids these days: North Korea calls on youth to emulate their virtuous parents
Tatiana Gabroussenko
Tatiana Gabroussenko September 13, 2021
The Kim regime’s failed witch hunt against magic and ‘superstition’

The Kim regime’s failed witch hunt against magic and ‘superstition’

Shamans and fortune-tellers continue to operate in North Korea despite crackdowns and punishments

The Kim regime’s failed witch hunt against magic and ‘superstition’
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov September 13, 2021
A very North Korean way to die

A very North Korean way to die

The Kim personality cult has penetrated the most intimate aspects of North Korean life, even the mourning of the dead

A very North Korean way to die
Markus Bell
Markus Bell September 7, 2021
Understanding North Korea’s ‘final victory’ and why it matters

Understanding North Korea’s ‘final victory’ and why it matters

For top North Korean officials, the quickest way to ensure their system’s long-term survival is through reunification

Understanding North Korea’s ‘final victory’ and why it matters
Benjamin R. Young
Benjamin R. Young September 6, 2021
Siberian jackpot: When North Koreans paid bribes for Soviet logging jobs
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Siberian jackpot: When North Koreans paid bribes for Soviet logging jobs

DPRK loggers earned exorbitant salaries for decades, and many North Koreans still seek to strike it rich abroad

Siberian jackpot: When North Koreans paid bribes for Soviet logging jobs
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov September 3, 2021
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