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Korean War Threat Fades as China Debt Fears Resurface
August 21, 2017
Korean War Threat Fades as China Debt Fears Resurface
Pyongyang's threats generate a sense of déjà vu, but China’s debt inspires more concrete worries.
Korean War Threat Fades as China Debt Fears Resurface
President Moon's North Korea Strategy
July 13, 2017
President Moon's North Korea Strategy
South Korea's new leader unveiled his strategy in an important speech in Berlin.
President Moon's North Korea Strategy
North Korea Will Not Stop Its Weapons Development
July 08, 2017
North Korea Will Not Stop Its Weapons Development
The U.S. strategy to squeeze North Korea economically overlooks the centrality of the byungjin line.
North Korea Will Not Stop Its Weapons Development
North Korea’s ICBM Test, Byungjin, and the Economic Logic
July 05, 2017
North Korea’s ICBM Test, Byungjin, and the Economic Logic
North Korean leaders are gambling that increased sanctions will do little to harm a slowly growing economy.
North Korea’s ICBM Test, Byungjin, and the Economic Logic
A Eulogy to North Korean Women in Business Training
April 03, 2017
A Eulogy to North Korean Women in Business Training
Looking back at a three-year business training program for women.
A Eulogy to North Korean Women in Business Training
Crisps and Coffee Shops: North Korea's New Consumerism
March 01, 2017
Crisps and Coffee Shops: North Korea's New Consumerism
The influence of South Korean consumer goods reveals surprising changes in North Korean society.
Crisps and Coffee Shops: North Korea's New Consumerism
How Big Is North Korea’s Market Economy?
December 13, 2016
How Big Is North Korea’s Market Economy?
Just how important are North Korea's markets in its overall economy?
How Big Is North Korea’s Market Economy?
What's Behind North Korea's Recent Counterfeiting?
July 06, 2016
What's Behind North Korea's Recent Counterfeiting?
What recent currency counterfeiting tells us about Pyongyang.
What's Behind North Korea's Recent Counterfeiting?
North Korea Weakly Flexes Military Muscles Ahead of Party Congress
April 29, 2016
North Korea Weakly Flexes Military Muscles Ahead of Party Congress
Two failed missile launches were a bid to boost Kim Jong-un's prestige ahead of a rare party meeting.
North Korea Weakly Flexes Military Muscles Ahead of Party Congress
North Korean Defectors to South Hit 13-Year Low
January 15, 2016
North Korean Defectors to South Hit 13-Year Low
The number of North Korean defectors reaching the South has declined severely since Kim Jong-un took power.
North Korean Defectors to South Hit 13-Year Low
The Limits of Agricultural Reform in North Korea
December 19, 2015
The Limits of Agricultural Reform in North Korea
As long as North Korea’s agriculture continues to be centrally planned by the state, it can only improve so much.
The Limits of Agricultural Reform in North Korea
The (Market) Forces of History in North Korea
November 03, 2015
The (Market) Forces of History in North Korea
Why more freedom in North Korea’s markets might not be bad news for the regime
The (Market) Forces of History in North Korea
How Popular Is Kim Jong-un?
September 11, 2015
How Popular Is Kim Jong-un?
A new report attempts to gauge what North Koreans actually think of their leader.
How Popular Is Kim Jong-un?
Understanding Economic Change in North Korea
August 07, 2015
Understanding Economic Change in North Korea
How will North Korea's economic changes impact the country’s political and social future?
Understanding Economic Change in North Korea
Could China's AIIB Be a Game-Changer for North Korea?
June 04, 2015
Could China's AIIB Be a Game-Changer for North Korea?
Possible membership in the AIIB could incentivize needed reforms in North Korea.
Could China's AIIB Be a Game-Changer for North Korea?
North Korea's Own Pivot to ASEAN
January 31, 2015
North Korea's Own Pivot to ASEAN
Like China, Japan, and the US, North Korea is looking toward Southeast Asia -- but with a different goal in mind.
North Korea's Own Pivot to ASEAN
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