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From politics to economics, from leadership succession to the introduction of fast food restaurants, there is a lot going on inside North Korea.

Hu Jintao, Deng Xiaoping or Another Mao Zedong? Power Restructuring in North Korea

Hu Jintao, Deng Xiaoping or Another Mao Zedong? Power Restructuring in North Korea

“Finally,” one is tempted to say. The years of speculation and half-baked news from dubious sources are over. The leadership issue in North Korea has been officially resolved. Or has it? The third delegate’s meeting of the Worker’s Party of Korea (WPK) on September 28, 2010 answered a few questions. Still, it left some unanswered and [...]

The Future of the North Korean Regime: A Conversation with James Church and Jennifer Lind

The Future of the North Korean Regime: A Conversation with James Church and Jennifer Lind

38 North recently talked with author James Church, and Jennifer Lind (Assistant Professor of Government, Dartmouth College) about the future of North Korea.   38 North: In the 1990s there was a flurry of speculation that North Korea would collapse. We saw this again two years ago, after Kim Jong Il's stroke. What do you think the chances are [...]

When Dynastic Successions Work: North Korea Takes Cues from the Middle East

When Dynastic Successions Work: North Korea Takes Cues from the Middle East

North Korea is in the throes of a generational triple play: passing power to the son of the son of founder Kim Il Sung.  How successful that transition will be remains to be seen. In seeking to enthrone Kim Jong Un, the third son of Kim Jong Il, North Korea may benefit from several factors it has in common with Middle Eastern states that have [...]

Speak Loudly and Carry a Small Stick: The North Korean Cyber Menace

Speak Loudly and Carry a Small Stick: The North Korean Cyber Menace

We often see reports of troubling and sophisticated North Korean capabilities to wage cyber warfare. Although cyber exploits, usually against South Korean targets, are routinely attributed to the North, there is much suspicion and concern, but little hard evidence. Estimates of the size of North Korea’s hacker force vary wildly—an indication [...]

Internal Developments in North Korea: Succession

Internal Developments in North Korea: Succession

On July 15, 2010, 38 North held a workshop that gathered together experts from the U.S., South Korea, Europe, China and Japan, to discuss the latest developments regarding North Korea, both internal and external, with the goal of identifying future research priorities. We are pleased to provide excerpts of that dialogue for our [...]

Internal Developments in North Korea: The Economy

Internal Developments in North Korea: The Economy

On July 15, 2010, 38 North held a workshop that gathered together experts from the U.S., South Korea, Europe, China and Japan, to discuss the latest developments regarding North Korea, both internal and external, with the goal of identifying future research priorities. We are pleased to provide excerpts of that dialogue to our [...]

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Credit for photo of young North Korean girl: T.M. All rights reserved, used with permission.