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Anna Fifield on the Cult of Kim Jong Un
August 01, 2019

Anna Fifield on the Cult of Kim Jong Un

By Shannon Tiezzi
The Kim cult of personality and what it means for U.S. diplomacy with North Korea.

2nd Murder Suspect in Kim Jong Nam Killing to Be Released Soon
April 02, 2019

2nd Murder Suspect in Kim Jong Nam Killing to Be Released Soon

By Eileen Ng
Doan Thi Huong’s release will mean no one is left in custody for the shocking murder in Kuala Lumpur’s airport.
Indonesian Suspect Freed 2 Years After Killing of Kim Jong Nam
March 12, 2019

Indonesian Suspect Freed 2 Years After Killing of Kim Jong Nam

By Eileen Ng
Indonesia’s government had pushed hard for her release, arguing she was “manipulated by North Korean intelligence.”

All Politics Is Local in North Korea, Too
July 21, 2018

All Politics Is Local in North Korea, Too

By Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein
Domestic politics are a more natural explanations for Pyongyang's political moves, like the recently announced amnesty.

A Generational Shift in Pyongyang: Is Change Ahead?
April 10, 2018

A Generational Shift in Pyongyang: Is Change Ahead?

By 38 North / Jongsoo Lee
Kim Jong-un may be ready to assert his own unique leadership style.

Will Marketization Bring Down the North Korean Regime?
April 18, 2017

Will Marketization Bring Down the North Korean Regime?

By Jonathan Corrado
The Kim regime has turned its new economic elites into an increasingly important source of revenue.

A Eulogy to North Korean Women in Business Training
April 03, 2017

A Eulogy to North Korean Women in Business Training

By 38 North / Andray Abrahamian
Looking back at a three-year business training program for women.
The Mysterious Death of Kim Jong-nam
February 17, 2017

The Mysterious Death of Kim Jong-nam

By Bruce Harrison
Autopsy be damned; it was a "poison" attack.

North Korean Diplomat’s Defection Raises Questions About Regime’s Control
August 18, 2016

North Korean Diplomat’s Defection Raises Questions About Regime’s Control

By John Power
Thae Yong-ho, Pyongyang’s deputy ambassador to the U.K. said he is "sick and tired" of the Kim regime.

What's Behind North Korea's Recent Counterfeiting?
July 06, 2016

What's Behind North Korea's Recent Counterfeiting?

By Brian R. Moore and Riza De Los Reyes
What recent currency counterfeiting tells us about Pyongyang.

North Korean Official’s ‘Resurrection’ Casts Doubt on Seoul Intel
May 13, 2016

North Korean Official’s ‘Resurrection’ Casts Doubt on Seoul Intel

By John Power
Yet again, reports of the death of a North Korean official have proved greatly exaggerated.
North Korea's Party Congress: Shrouded in Secrecy
May 06, 2016

North Korea's Party Congress: Shrouded in Secrecy

By John Power
Pyongyang invited foreign reporters to cover its party congress, but gave them nothing to report.

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