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The Diminishing Returns of China’s North Korea Policy

The Diminishing Returns of China’s North Korea Policy

North Korea’s economic dependence on China may have reached an all-time high, but Kim Jong Un is determined to set a course for greater political independence from Beijing. This has left China in a state that one insider has referred to as ‘desperate’ over its rocky relations with the country since Kim Jong Un came to power. But given that [...]

The DPRK Economy at a Glance

The DPRK Economy at a Glance

 A 38 North Interview of Dr. Yoon Deok-Ryong with Mike Chinoy "There are many people who are waiting for real policy changes in North Korea because the North Korean government or the leader has promised something bigger in the future. But we don’t see any concrete changes yet." ~ Dr. Yoon Deok-Ryong In this 38 North video, Mike Chinoy, [...]

Satellites and Missiles: The US-DPRK “Choose Your Own Adventure” Experience

Satellites and Missiles: The US-DPRK “Choose Your Own Adventure” Experience

The US-DPRK deal signed last month is a softline message; the Satellite Launch is a hardline one. Washington would do well to ignore the hardline one. In 1962, with the United States and the USSR seemingly spiraling towards nuclear war, Khrushchev and Kennedy engineered history’s most important diplomatic breakthrough. At the height of the [...]

Can’t We All Just Get Along? The Politicization of North Korean Human Rights

Can’t We All Just Get Along? The Politicization of North Korean Human Rights

Irrespective of political orientation, little dispute exists among politicians, government officials, activists, and NGO workers that a large number of North Koreans suffer from human rights abuses at the hands of the regime. Despite consensus regarding the serious nature of these abuses, however, addressing (much less resolving) them has proven [...]

Hunger in North Korea: Time for a Decision

Hunger in North Korea: Time for a Decision

Hunger once again stalks North Korea. Three needs assessment missions have so certified, and have recommended immediate food deliveries. In February, five American relief organizations—including Mercy Corps, World Vision, and Samaritan’s Purse—observed the “acute malnutrition” of children in three areas as well as people eating seeds and [...]

Feeding the Famine: The European Union’s Response to North Korea

Feeding the Famine: The European Union’s Response to North Korea

The European Union (EU) announced on July 4, 2011 that it would provide €10 million ($14.3 M) of emergency food aid to North Korea to be distributed through the World Food Programme (WFP) over the next three months—until the end of September, just prior to the arrival of this year’s harvest. This aid represents a much delayed response to an [...]

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