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5 Key Takeaways from North Korea’s Party Congress
January 13, 2021

5 Key Takeaways from North Korea’s Party Congress

By Gabriela Bernal
North Korea set an assertive tone for 2021 through its Party Congress.

Mired in Crises, North Korea’s Kim to Open Big Party Meeting
December 29, 2020

Mired in Crises, North Korea’s Kim to Open Big Party Meeting

By Hyung-Jin Kim and Kim Tong-Hyung
Kim Jong Un is grappling with the toughest challenges of his nine-year rule as he prepares to host the ruling Workers’ Party congress in January.
North Korea Vows to Redevelop Mountain Tour Site Despite Pandemic
December 21, 2020

North Korea Vows to Redevelop Mountain Tour Site Despite Pandemic

By Associated Press
A North Korean official vowed to turn the national park into "a cultural resort envied by the whole world."

North Korea Cracks Down on Local Markets, Overseas Defectors
November 11, 2020

North Korea Cracks Down on Local Markets, Overseas Defectors

By Gabriela Bernal
As COVID-19 continues to hamstring the economy, North Koreans grow increasingly desperate – and the government moves to keep everything under tight control.

North Korea’s Kim Urges Quick Recovery From Typhoon Damage
September 09, 2020

North Korea’s Kim Urges Quick Recovery From Typhoon Damage

By Associated Press
Kim Jong Un is seeking to bolster unity at home in the face of economic setbacks and external pressure.

North Korean Citizens Desperately Need the China Border to Reopen
July 15, 2020

North Korean Citizens Desperately Need the China Border to Reopen

By Gabriela Bernal
Amid the COVID-induced shutdown of the border, hunger, homelessness, and business closures are all on the rise.

How Far Will North Korea’s Military Adventurism Go?
June 23, 2020

How Far Will North Korea’s Military Adventurism Go?

By Jina Kim
The scope and level of North Korea’s next move will be determined by the extent and type of the benefits it expects.
What’s Behind North Korea’s Dwindling Defection Rate?
June 10, 2020

What’s Behind North Korea’s Dwindling Defection Rate?

By Abhinav Seetharaman
Decreases in North Korean defection numbers are the result of a number of factors, including more draconian security as well as increased prosperity.

The North Korean Economy Under Sanctions and COVID-19
May 28, 2020

The North Korean Economy Under Sanctions and COVID-19

By 38 North / Bradley O. Babson
Amid stalled diplomacy and a global pandemic, North Korea is signalling major adjustments in its economic policies and management practices.

North Korea’s Foreign Cash Crunch
May 20, 2020

North Korea’s Foreign Cash Crunch

By Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein
North Korea’s government bonds and other economic coercion is a red flag for state finances.

North Korea’s Trade With China Continues Rapid Decline
May 09, 2020

North Korea’s Trade With China Continues Rapid Decline

By Troy Stangarone
The COVID-19-induced border closure continues to wreak havoc on North Korea's trade with China.
South Korean Intelligence Reports COVID-19-Induced Panic Buying in the North
May 07, 2020

South Korean Intelligence Reports COVID-19-Induced Panic Buying in the North

By Associated Press
The National Intelligence Service told lawmakers in Seoul that the pandemic is hurting North Korea’s economy.

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