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Why is Indonesia Courting North Korea?
November 02, 2013

Why is Indonesia Courting North Korea?

Indonesia has said it wants to increase economic ties with Pyongyang. The relationship is an old one, however.

Chinese Tourists Make Noise in North Korea
August 06, 2013

Chinese Tourists Make Noise in North Korea

Bringing candy and noise, Chinese tourists have made their presence known in North Korea.

Pyongyang’s Arirang Festival: Eye Candy for the Masses
July 29, 2013

Pyongyang’s Arirang Festival: Eye Candy for the Masses

International media tout the Arirang Festival as one of the greatest spectacles on earth.

Wonsan Dream: Kim Jong-Un to Build a Beach Resort
June 28, 2013

Wonsan Dream: Kim Jong-Un to Build a Beach Resort

Kim Jong-Un has added a beach resort to his list of tourism development projects.

Kim Jong-Un’s $7 Million Yacht: Living It Up Under UN Sanctions
June 21, 2013

Kim Jong-Un’s $7 Million Yacht: Living It Up Under UN Sanctions

Recent reports of Kim Jong-Un’s yacht suggest that UN sanctions have done little to reign in the spending of his regime.

North Korea Pushes Ahead on Agricultural Reforms
May 17, 2013

North Korea Pushes Ahead on Agricultural Reforms

Kim Jong-Un appears committed to limited agricultural reforms. These are doomed to fail.

Pulitzer Winner “The Orphan Master’s Son” Peers into North Korea’s Heart
April 18, 2013

Pulitzer Winner “The Orphan Master’s Son” Peers into North Korea’s Heart

Adam Johnson won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for The Orphan Master’s Son.

Pyongyang Machiavelli: All of Kim’s Men
April 17, 2013

Pyongyang Machiavelli: All of Kim’s Men

Officials below the power circle of the Kim family may not play an overt role in N. Korea, but are vital to understanding the regime and its future.

Why Rodman’s Trip Isn’t Ping Pong Diplomacy
March 01, 2013

Why Rodman’s Trip Isn’t Ping Pong Diplomacy

Dennis Rodman may be winning the hearts of North Korean fans, but this trip isn’t statecraft.

The North Korea Problem
December 16, 2012

The North Korea Problem

Pyongyang has successfully tested a long-range rocket. What may happen next — including missiles someday armed with nuclear warheads — could make matters worse.

Preparations for North Korea's Rocket Launch Heat Up
December 07, 2012

Preparations for North Korea's Rocket Launch Heat Up

Japan has ordered its military to intercept any N. Korean rocket or its debris that falls towards its territory.

Place Your Bets: North Korea's Next Provocation
October 03, 2012

Place Your Bets: North Korea's Next Provocation

A DPRK statement that a “spark” could set off nuclear war on the Korean peninsula is again raising questions.

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