North Korea politics
January 06, 2021
North Korea’s Biggest Political Event Comes at Fraught Moment
By Associated Press
The Worker's Party's apex meeting comes after a year of economic pain resulting from COVID-19-induced border closures.
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.
October 29, 2020
North Korea’s Elite Defectors
By Mitch Shin
Despite its avowedly socialist nature, North Korea is governed by a rigid class system – and not all defectors come from the bottom.
August 24, 2020
South Korea Reacts to News North Korea’s Kim Jong Un Is Delegating Power
By Tae-jun Kang
The report has led to a wave of rumors – Kim in a coma? – and accusations – Seoul trying to “distract” the public from its own missteps.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
April 10, 2018
A Generational Shift in Pyongyang: Is Change Ahead?
By Jongsoo Lee
Kim Jong-un may be ready to assert his own unique leadership style.
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.
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.