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Curtis Melvin

Curtis Melvin is editor of North Korea Economy Watch and curator of the North Korea Uncovered Project, a vastly comprehensive project to map out North Korea in unrivalled detail using satellite imagery, news reports and eyewitness accounts. Curtis has been researching and writing about the North Korean economy since 2004 and is currently a researcher at the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Sometimes A Cigar Is Just A Cigar

Sometimes A Cigar Is Just A Cigar

On May 1, 2017, The Diplomat published an article by Damen Cook based on a report by Strategic Sentinel, which purported to show that the North Koreans had “constructed several military facilities on small islands surrounding the city of Sohae.” The methodology and conclusions in this report, however, demonstrate a lack of understanding of [...]

North Korea Building New Transport Corridor and Border Crossing

North Korea Building New Transport Corridor and Border Crossing

North Korea Building New Transport Corridor and Border Crossing While observers have focused attention on road improvements along the DPRK’s east and west coasts in Rason and Sinuiju, since 2011, the DPRK has been constructing a new highway segment linking Huichon to Manpho, where a new border crossing is under construction. This new road and [...]

Pyongyang’s Perpetual Power Problems

Pyongyang’s Perpetual Power Problems

While foreign observers and media have fixated on Kim Jong Un’s buildup of entertainment facilities such as water parks, fun fairs and a ski resort, the DPRK leadership has also devoted considerable resources to important infrastructure projects such as energy production, port improvement, highways, railways and airports. However, while it [...]

Whither the Kaesong Industrial Complex?

Whither the Kaesong Industrial Complex?

Kim Dae-jung’s Sunshine Policy was a bold experiment that sought to achieve unification by decreasing inter-Korean tensions and establishing a cooperative framework of engagement. To accomplish this, the policy promoted the restoration of road and rail links and economic assistance projects that included aid and inter-Korean business ventures in [...]

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