Monthly Archives: May 2014

Corrections for “Looming Maritime Conflict in Korea Bay”

It looks like we overlooked some critical information when writing the article about potential DPRK-PRC conflict in Korea Bay. An associate of ours over at our partner research blog Sino-NK pointed out that HBOil had not, in fact, acquired the … Continue reading

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How is North Korea responding to climate change?

Online news site The Conversation published an interesting piece on May 16, 2014, titled “Behind North Korea’s surprising compliance on climate change.” The article argues that North Korea, with its vulnerable agricultural system threatened by the impact of climate change, … Continue reading

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DPRK’s New Frigates: What are they good for?

A slight update has been posted here. It does not replace this original post and only adds on an additional anti-ship missile option. Just a short update this week. Recently Joe Bermudez wrote in an article for 38 North about … Continue reading

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Monetary stability and food security

Three North Korean cities are weathering the test of the lean season. According to Daily NK, rice prices in Pyongyang, Sinuiju, and Hyesan have remained below 4000 KPW/kg in the second week of May, falling slightly below what they had … Continue reading

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Looming Maritime Conflict in Korea Bay

Important corrections have been posted here, new information was brought to our attention shortly after this article was posted, and the update, not this original article, should  be read for data and conclusions.  As DPRK-Mongolian oil ties develop, the potential … Continue reading

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Drought and Fire

As the old saying goes, mother nature never takes a break – and no one knows this better than the farmers of North Korea. This year, North Korea’s Central News Agency noted that the average rainfall from mid-February to the … Continue reading

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Developing without manpower: Economic growth in the DPRK and Arthur Lewis

The chief characteristic of under-development in the modern era has been the prevalence of subsistence farming and high concentration of manpower captured in the primary sector. As an economy grows and develops more robust industries, there tends to be a … Continue reading

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