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Human Security

After the COI: Four Next Steps

After the COI: Four Next Steps

With the March 26, 2014 adoption by the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) of a new resolution about the “Situation of human rights in the DPRK,” the governments of the world have begun the process of endorsing, by a landslide majority, the findings, conclusions, and recommendations of the UN Commission of Inquiry (COI) on the unparalleled human rights violations in the DPRK. Thirty governments voted “yes” to the HRC resolution initially [Read More]

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North Korea’s Namhung Youth »

North Korea’s Namhung Youth Chemical Complex: Seven Years of Construction Pays Off

Summary Built during the 1970s with equipment purchased from abroad and foreign financing, the Namhung Youth Chemical Complex has developed into the [Read More]


Fire the Speech Writers: An East German’s Perspective on President Park’s Dresden Speech Fire the Speech »

Following up on Aidan Foster-Carter’s analysis of ROK President Park Geun-hye’s [Read More]

How to Piss Off Engagers in 10 Easy Lessons How to Piss Off »

During the past 20 years the world has gained increasingly detailed knowledge about the [Read More]

Shocking, But Not a Game Changer: Unraveling Regime Dynamics in Post-Jang North Korea Shocking, But Not a »

Recently, I wrote a column in World Post on the impact of Jang Song Thaek’s purge and [Read More]


North Korean Nukes 2.0? »

North Korean Nukes 2.0?

Last weekend, North Korea responded to a UN Security Council condemnation of its missile launches by warning of “next-stage steps which the enemy can hardly imagine,” including “a new form of nuclear test for bolstering up its nuclear deterrence.” Golly, that [Read More]

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