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Consumerism in North Korea: The Kwangbok Area Shopping Center

Consumerism in North Korea: The Kwangbok Area Shopping Center

During my last trip to North Korea in February 2017, I noted a number of interesting developments that have taken place since my previous visit in May 2016. They include the disappearance of iron bars from windows and balconies on the first two floors of residential buildings in Pyongyang, a complete change of the design of license plates for [...]

Some Rabbit! Some Hat!

Some Rabbit! Some Hat!

Well, did Kim Jong Un pull a rabbit out of his hat, or didn’t he? More specifically, in his work report delivered at the 7th Workers' Party Congress held May 6-8, did Kim use the flexibility inherent in byungjin to begin to shift his emphasis from developing the country’s nuclear weapons program to building the economy? To clear the air [...]

After the Party Congress: What to Make of North Korea’s Commitment to Economic Development?

After the Party Congress: What to Make of North Korea’s Commitment to Economic Development?

It comes as a surprise to no one that North Korea’s newly concluded 7th Party Congress was more “show” than “tell,” but the gathering succeeded as a platform for Kim Jong Un to cement his leadership legitimacy and broad policy for governing. By pulling off the event without a hitch and taking the microphone for two long speeches, Kim [...]

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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