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August 03, 2019

The New Face in North Korea-US Diplomacy

By Rongjie Lin
Choe Son Hui has enjoyed a rapid rise from the North Korean Department of Foreign Affairs to the State Affairs Commission.

May 23, 2018

The Trump-Kim Summit, North Korea's 'New Strategic Line,' and Pompeo's 'Bold Approach' 2.0

By Ankit Panda
The United States is right that North Korea seeks economic betterment, but misses the mark on how it seeks this goal.
October 07, 2017

The Chinese Dream in Peril: Xi Jinping and the Korean Crisis

By Anthony Miller
Beijing has a vested interest in the status quo -- not in the Kim dynasty.

August 19, 2016

Number of Elite North Korean Defectors on the Rise

By Kim Tae-woo
What changing patterns of defections tell us about life under the Kim Jong-un regime.

May 10, 2016

North Korea Party Congress: Much Ado About Nothing

By Bruce Klingner
Very little came out of the rarely-convened Party Congress last week.

February 12, 2016

Another Purge in North Korea?

By John Power
South Korean media claims Kim Jong-un has executed the army’s chief of the General Staff.
February 10, 2016

North Korea's Nuclear Test, Satellite Launch, and Byungjin

By Ankit Panda
Is North Korea's recent spate of provocation leading up to a pivot toward economic reform?

January 12, 2016

4 Myths About North Korea

By Dingding Chen
In order to successfully approach North Korea, steer clear of these unhelpful myths.

October 02, 2015

The Political Prestige of North Korea’s Agricultural Reforms

By Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein
Pyongyang seems to have turned its economic reforms into a prestige project -- and that's bad news for real progress.

September 14, 2015

Where Do China and North Korea Stand in 2015?

By Ankit Panda
SinoNK's Adam Cathcart joins The Diplomat's Ankit Panda to discuss recent trends in North Korea-China relations.

September 11, 2015

How Popular Is Kim Jong-un?

By John Power
A new report attempts to gauge what North Koreans actually think of their leader.
August 17, 2015

Did Kim Jong-un Execute Another Minister?

By John Power
The rumors of a vice premier's execution are based on a single, anonymous source. How plausible is the report?

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