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Sorry, an Oil Embargo Won’t Lead to North Korea’s Capitulation
September 09, 2017
Sorry, an Oil Embargo Won’t Lead to North Korea’s Capitulation
Conventional wisdom on the effectiveness of oil embargoes is mistaken.
Sorry, an Oil Embargo Won’t Lead to North Korea’s Capitulation
Will Marketization Bring Down the North Korean Regime?
April 18, 2017
Will Marketization Bring Down the North Korean Regime?
The Kim regime has turned its new economic elites into an increasingly important source of revenue.
Will Marketization Bring Down the North Korean Regime?
How Does North Korea Survive?
March 15, 2017
How Does North Korea Survive?
A closer look at Pyongyang's modus operandi.
How Does North Korea Survive?
<em>Byungjin</em> in Play? North Korea's Top Economic Officials Meet for First Time Since 2006
September 07, 2016
Byungjin in Play? North Korea's Top Economic Officials Meet for First Time Since 2006
News from North Korea continues to suggest that Kim Jong-un is serious about making byungjin work.
Byungjin in Play? North Korea's Top Economic Officials Meet for First Time Since 2006
When 'Sunshine' Ruled on the Korean Peninsula
July 11, 2016
When 'Sunshine' Ruled on the Korean Peninsula
Remembering a period of unprecedented cooperation between the two Koreas, despite being technically still at war.
When 'Sunshine' Ruled on the Korean Peninsula
When Capitalism Came to North Korea
June 10, 2016
When Capitalism Came to North Korea
How a Chinese businessman helped spark North Korea’s pharmaceutical industry.
When Capitalism Came to North Korea
It's Official: China Is Cracking Down on North Korean Trade
April 06, 2016
It's Official: China Is Cracking Down on North Korean Trade
China's Commerce Ministry announces bans on imports of gold, coal, and iron from North Korea.
It's Official: China Is Cracking Down on North Korean Trade
The Other Side of Corruption in North Korea
February 10, 2016
The Other Side of Corruption in North Korea
It could be argued that more pervasive corruption is leading to new freedoms.
The Other Side of Corruption in North Korea
North Korea’s H-Bomb Test: The (Impossible) Economic Context
January 08, 2016
North Korea’s H-Bomb Test: The (Impossible) Economic Context
Kim Jong-un wants to both build a hydrogen bomb and develop North Korea’s economy. It won’t work.
North Korea’s H-Bomb Test: The (Impossible) Economic Context
How Is North Korea's Economy Doing?
July 31, 2015
How Is North Korea's Economy Doing?
A recent report suggests North Korea's economy is making progress. Can we know for sure?
How Is North Korea's Economy Doing?
Can Capitalism Take Off in North Korea?
April 14, 2015
Can Capitalism Take Off in North Korea?
Flirtations with capitalism need to overcome a rigid ideology.
Can Capitalism Take Off in North Korea?
Kim Jong-un’s North Korea
September 12, 2014
Kim Jong-un’s North Korea
Life under the youthful leader has been marked by only modest change.
Kim Jong-un’s North Korea
North Korea Slams Xi Jinping and the Chinese Dream
June 17, 2014
North Korea Slams Xi Jinping and the Chinese Dream
Reports suggest that North Korea continues to distance itself from China under Xi Jinping.
North Korea Slams Xi Jinping and the Chinese Dream
North Korea’s Resource Headache
May 01, 2012
North Korea’s Resource Headache
North Korea has trillions of dollars worth of natural resources by some estimates. But could that be a curse?
North Korea’s Resource Headache
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