North Korea: An Interesting Start to 2024
By ISOZAKI Atsuhito
A new policy direction seems to be emerging.
What’s Driving Kim Jong Un’s New Regional Development Policy?
By Lee Sang-yong
The plan acknowledges the severe disparity in living conditions between Pyongyang and the rest of the country – and the resulting public discontent.
North Korea Tests More Cruise Missiles as Kim Jong Un Calls for War Readiness
By Kim Tong-hyung
North Korea’s fourth round of cruise missile tests in 2024 came hours after state media reported that Kim had inspected unspecified naval projects at a shipyard in Nampho.
Tensions Set to Rise as North Korea Drops Unification Goal
By Mercy A. Kuo
Insights from Soo Kim.
Preventing a Worst-Case Scenario on the Korean Peninsula
By James Park
Pyongyang’s increased hostility and Seoul’s unyielding posture have set the stage for 2024 to be a dangerous year.
Kim Jong Un’s Declaration of a Hostile Relationship Between North and South Korea Is a Big Deal
By Lee Min-yong
With a decisive change in the North’s policy toward the South, the Korean Peninsula has now devolved from a state of armistice to one where conflict could loom at any moment.
Pyongyang Wants to Be DPRK, Not North Korea
By Mitch Shin
Underneath the belligerence, the reframing by Pyongyang actually opens an opportunity, if Seoul can seize it.
Tae Yong-ho on North Korea’s Purposeful Aggression
By Kenji Yoshida
The North Korean diplomat-turned-South Korean lawmaker discusses Pyongyang’s stepped-up artillery shelling and its foreign policy strategy.
Will Kim Jong Un’s Daughter Succeed Him? High-Ranking North Korean Officials Have Doubts.
By Seulkee Jang
Much attention is focused on whether Kim Ju Ae will succeed her father, but North Korean officials have other explanations for her increased visibility.
Previewing North Korea’s Strategic Moves in 2024
By Mitch Shin
Expect North Korea to continue to advance military ties with Russia, push forward key advanced weapons programs (like nuclear subs), and generally shun diplomacy with the U.S. and South Korea.
How the Travis King Saga Relates to the North Korea-Russia Summit
By Seong-Hyon Lee
There are shifting dynamics in North Korea’s diplomatic strategy, particularly concerning its relationships with the U.S. and Russia.
What Do North Korea and Russia Want From Each Other?
By Hyung-jin Kim and Kim Tong-hyung
Kim Jong Un is in Russia, his first foreign destination since the pandemic started. What will be on the agenda when he meets with Putin?