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North Korea Turns to Russia for Cash
July 22, 2019

North Korea Turns to Russia for Cash

By Tae-jun Kang
Since the Putin-Kim summit, North Korea has been stepping up economic ties with Russia.

North Korea Places Its Hope in Science and Technology
May 24, 2019

North Korea Places Its Hope in Science and Technology

By Tae-jun Kang
Pyongyang is putting more emphasis on developing its science sector in hopes of transforming the economy.
North Korea’s Internal Struggles Hint That Sanctions Are Working
April 08, 2019

North Korea’s Internal Struggles Hint That Sanctions Are Working

By Tae-jun Kang
Reports of business closures and food price spikes are more evidence that North Korea's economy is struggling.

What’s Behind North Korea’s Recent Efforts to Promote Its Education Sector?
March 30, 2019

What’s Behind North Korea’s Recent Efforts to Promote Its Education Sector?

By Tae-jun Kang
North Korean propaganda has been unusually fixated on praising the country's education sector. Why?

How Does North Korea's Economy Look Heading Into the Hanoi Summit?
February 23, 2019

How Does North Korea's Economy Look Heading Into the Hanoi Summit?

By Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein
The latest data paint a picture of North Korea's economy as stable, but strained.

North Korea’s Ginseng Drama
February 09, 2019

North Korea’s Ginseng Drama

By Tae-jun Kang
There’s a reason the medicinal plant became fodder for a North Korean soap opera.

At Trump-Kim 2.0, Don’t Forget North Korea’s Markets
February 05, 2019

At Trump-Kim 2.0, Don’t Forget North Korea’s Markets

By John Dale Grover
Continued economic opening would be a boon for the North Korean people. The US should push Kim in that direction.
Reminder: North Korea Is Not China
January 08, 2019

Reminder: North Korea Is Not China

By Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein
Don't assume that a broad economic reform process is as urgent for North Korean leaders today as it was for late 1970s China

What the US Should Take Away From Kim Jong Un’s New Year Address
January 04, 2019

What the US Should Take Away From Kim Jong Un’s New Year Address

By Eric Gomez
Washington should take full advantage of Kim’s renewed focus on the economy.

Did North Korea's Economy Actually Grow While Under Sanctions?
October 16, 2018

Did North Korea's Economy Actually Grow While Under Sanctions?

By Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein
That's what one North Korean economist claims, and it's not impossible.

Housing in the Hermit Kingdom: North Korea's Real Estate Market
October 05, 2018

Housing in the Hermit Kingdom: North Korea's Real Estate Market

By Tae-jun Kang
Thawing relations have South Koreans thinking about investing in North Korean real estate.
What to Know About Doing Business in North Korea
August 25, 2018

What to Know About Doing Business in North Korea

By Tae-jun Kang
A closer look at how foreign companies could enter North Korea -- and whether it's worth the risk.

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