December 10, 2022

History

Information related to North Korean history

God save the Kims: How North Korea’s ruling regime came to love royal families

God save the Kims: How North Korea’s ruling regime came to love royal families

North Korea has criticized hereditary succession but is the only communist country to have done it twice

God save the Kims: How North Korea’s ruling regime came to love royal families
James Fretwell
James Fretwell September 23, 2022
Suh Dae-sook, pioneering biographer of North Korea’s Kim Il Sung, dies at 90

Suh Dae-sook, pioneering biographer of North Korea’s Kim Il Sung, dies at 90

A major figure in DPRK studies, Suh bridged gaps with scholarship in English and shed light on regime during Cold War

Suh Dae-sook, pioneering biographer of North Korea’s Kim Il Sung, dies at 90
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Fyodor Tertitskiy September 21, 2022
Evaluating the troubled legacy of Japan’s first summit with North Korea

Evaluating the troubled legacy of Japan’s first summit with North Korea

Tokyo secured historic if fleeting breakthrough in Pyongyang 20 years ago, only for it to be derailed by public opinion

Evaluating the troubled legacy of Japan’s first summit with North Korea
Hyun-jun Yeo
Hyun-jun Yeo September 21, 2022
The Flower Girl: How a North Korean propaganda film achieved international fame

The Flower Girl: How a North Korean propaganda film achieved international fame

Kim Jong Il’s operatic passion project remains a nostalgic classic in China and elsewhere, 50 years after its release

The Flower Girl: How a North Korean propaganda film achieved international fame
Oliver Jia
Oliver Jia September 20, 2022
How US-China rivalry impedes North Korea’s denuclearization
NK PRO

How US-China rivalry impedes North Korea’s denuclearization

Great power competition is creating a dangerous regional divide, pushing Pyongyang further into Beijing’s orbit

How US-China rivalry impedes North Korea’s denuclearization
Marialaura De Angelis
Marialaura De Angelis September 19, 2022
Yoon says South Korea won’t go nuclear, but the WMD debate isn’t going anywhere
COLUMN

Yoon says South Korea won’t go nuclear, but the WMD debate isn’t going anywhere

Evolving North Korean threats are pushing Seoul to cross nuclear threshold, though this would invite punitive responses

Yoon says South Korea won’t go nuclear, but the WMD debate isn’t going anywhere
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov September 8, 2022
Why Poland could play a key role in efforts to engage North Korea
NK PRO

Why Poland could play a key role in efforts to engage North Korea

Former communist bloc state maintains ties with DPRK, but EU membership and bilateral disputes complicate cooperation

Why Poland could play a key role in efforts to engage North Korea
Nicolas Levi
Nicolas Levi September 5, 2022
Why North Korea won’t be mourning Mikhail Gorbachev’s death

Why North Korea won’t be mourning Mikhail Gorbachev’s death

Pyongyang views perestroika as lesson against reform, but Soviet leader’s rise shows how change could come even to DPRK

Why North Korea won’t be mourning Mikhail Gorbachev’s death
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Fyodor Tertitskiy August 31, 2022
Why the next 30 years of South Korea-China ties won’t be as rosy as the last
KOREA PRO

Why the next 30 years of South Korea-China ties won’t be as rosy as the last

Seoul will find it difficult to balance relations between U.S. and China due to intensifying great power competition

Why the next 30 years of South Korea-China ties won’t be as rosy as the last
James Fretwell
James Fretwell August 24, 2022
Seoul avoids diplomatic disaster in forced labor dispute with Japan — for now
KOREA PRO

Seoul avoids diplomatic disaster in forced labor dispute with Japan — for now

Supreme Court could still order Japanese firm to pay reparations, a move that would incite cycle of mutual retaliation

Seoul avoids diplomatic disaster in forced labor dispute with Japan — for now
Hyun-jun Yeo
Hyun-jun Yeo August 23, 2022
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