Andrei Lankov takes issue with the idea that North Korea has a command economy, and explains the myriad ways private capital reproduces itself in the dog-eat-dog world of modern business north of the 38th parallel.
Tom Morrison, an agronomist with extensive experience in the DPRK, speaks with Sino-NK’s Economics and Trade Analyst Matthew Bates about North Korea’s agricultural capacity and prospects for self-sufficiency in part one of a three-part interview.
How will Kenneth Waltz be remembered? As far as North Korea is concerned, Waltz’s legacy is all it needs to justify its possession of nuclear weapons, argues Steven Denney.
Christopher Green examines the durability, and the deficiencies, of the “post-totalitarian” thesis for the DPRK, and furthers the quest for a developmental understanding of North Korea.
Robert Winstanley-Chesters wonders how much money the DPRK can make from carbon credits, and concludes that the answer is “not much.” At least, not yet.
How can we measure if the North Korean economy is undergoing reform? Watch the country’s six Special Economic Zones, via Sabine van Ameijden’s overview of SEZ change and stagnation.
SinoNK’s analyst for gender issues, Darcie Draudt, takes a look at Ri Sol-ju as part of a class of women who are doing increasingly well, thanks to their connections. Is such upward mobility to be emulated or despised?