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Four Possible Post-Kim Jong-un Regimes

Should Kim Jong-un become incapacitated or die there are four possible outcomes for a successor regime in North Korea.

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The Kim Regimes: Two Disappearances and a Funeral

Kim Il-sung, Kim Jong-il, and Kim Jong-un have all had their periods of absence, so it’s possible that we’ve seen this play before.

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How Rumors about North Korea Develop

When it comes to news about North Korea, demand is high and information from on the ground is always low. This often results in rumors.

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North Korea’s Trade with China Continues to Collapse from COVID-19

North Korea’s decision to enact strict border controls at the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak in China continues to have a significant effect on trade.

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North Korea and the COVID Crisis: The Sanctions Angle

China and South Korea are best positioned to play a role in helping North Korea, and should exploit the discretion they are being given to act.

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North Korea’s Problem with the Covid-19 Truth

Pyongyang has taken extensive steps to protect against the COVID-19. 180 countries and territories have declared that they have cases, why can’t North Korea?

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What is North Korea Signaling with its March Missile Tests?

The timing of the two March missile tests is curious in light of the COVID-19 crisis currently gripping much of the world.

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Japan Joins U.S. and South Korea in Backing Away from Criticizing North Korea’s Human Rights

In the last year or so, Japan has quietly backed away from championing human rights in North Korea at the United Nations. 

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DPRK Menstrual Health Product Consumer Report

For North Korean women sanitary pads are crucial to having opportunities to earn money, to travel, and to feel productive and well.

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North Korean Coal Smuggling, Still Profitable

North Korea’s trade deficit can be partially explained by the revenue generated from Pyongyang’s illicit exports of coal exports.

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