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September 07, 2016
Byungjin in Play? North Korea's Top Economic Officials Meet for First Time Since 2006
By Ankit Panda
News from North Korea continues to suggest that Kim Jong-un is serious about making byungjin work.
July 11, 2016
When 'Sunshine' Ruled on the Korean Peninsula
By Felix Abt
Remembering a period of unprecedented cooperation between the two Koreas, despite being technically still at war.
June 10, 2016
When Capitalism Came to North Korea
By Felix Abt
How a Chinese businessman helped spark North Korea’s pharmaceutical industry.
April 06, 2016
It's Official: China Is Cracking Down on North Korean Trade
By Shannon Tiezzi
China's Commerce Ministry announces bans on imports of gold, coal, and iron from North Korea.
February 10, 2016
The Other Side of Corruption in North Korea
By Jonathan Corrado
It could be argued that more pervasive corruption is leading to new freedoms.
January 08, 2016
North Korea’s H-Bomb Test: The (Impossible) Economic Context
By Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein
Kim Jong-un wants to both build a hydrogen bomb and develop North Korea’s economy. It won’t work.
July 31, 2015
How Is North Korea's Economy Doing?
By John Power
A recent report suggests North Korea's economy is making progress. Can we know for sure?
April 14, 2015
Can Capitalism Take Off in North Korea?
By Hy-sang Lee
Flirtations with capitalism need to overcome a rigid ideology.
September 12, 2014
Kim Jong-un’s North Korea
By Daniel Mendez
Life under the youthful leader has been marked by only modest change.
June 17, 2014
North Korea Slams Xi Jinping and the Chinese Dream
By Zachary Keck
Reports suggest that North Korea continues to distance itself from China under Xi Jinping.
May 01, 2012
North Korea’s Resource Headache
North Korea has trillions of dollars worth of natural resources by some estimates. But could that be a curse?