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Slow and Steady Wins the Race: pulse of the current DPRK-Russia relationship by Gerard Clare

The relationship between Moscow and Pyongyang underpinned the development of North Korea’s economic and political doctrine during the Cold War – but since the breakup of the Soviet Union, these diplomatic and economic ties have weakened. Nonetheless, Gerard Clare argues, … Continue reading

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After Jang Sung-taek: Can North Korea brave the economic tempest?

We may not find out why Jang Sung-taek was so dramatically purged from the upper echelons of power last December until both the regime and the DPRK are safely contained within the pages of history books (or tablets, who knows … Continue reading

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A witness to North Korea’s economic downfall: Swedish diplomat Erik Cornell

In Pyongyang, a new podcast that covers issues related to North Korea engagement, recently aired a three-part interview with Erik Cornell, a Swedish diplomat who opened the Swedish embassy in Pyongyang and served as its inaugural charge d’affairs between 1975 … Continue reading

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Energy Generation in Rason

Over the past few years, Rason has become a major focus for China/Russia/DPRK investments and has frequently been discussed in cross-border research papers like Sino-NK’s Tumen Triangle Projects. Despite the limelight, one critical area that has been glossed over is … Continue reading

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Working in Tourism, Farming Bombs, Divining Opacity

Marcus Noland is angry and so is Chad O’Carroll. While we think Noland was a little too flippant and harsh on the founder of NK News (and we endorse civil discussions), the “grumpy old man” does make some interesting points … Continue reading

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Wither goes North Korea after the people’s meeting?

The world is waiting to see how North Korea will enact its most recent attempt at economic reforms; however, the most recent Supreme People’s Assembly (SPA) meeting produced no discussion on agrarian and retail reforms. Instead, education reform legislation were … Continue reading

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