Facing dysfunction in the nation’s power grid, Roger Cavazos (Nautilus Institute) and Adam Cathcart explore the gap between Kim Jong-un’s charismatic message and the low wattage of reality.
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Charisma is hard to obtain and harder to retain. It is also ephemeral. Kim Jong-un wants it, has some, but needs more. Roger Cavazos starts watching the sky in the first of our anniversary extravaganza.
Why was Kim Jong Un’s sister suddenly in the public eye last month? And what was that equestrian episode all about? Roger Cavazos revisits the role of the horse in North Korean power structures, diplomacy, and iconography.
Reappraising Chinese-Korean Relations in the Wake of June 25 by Charles Kraus In anticipation of the upcoming 62nd anniversary of June 25, a date which is commonly known as the “start” of the Korean War, the North Korea International Documentation… Read More ›
Integrated Reed Farms and SEZ’s: Revolutionary Landscape meets Economic Urgency, The Case of Sindo County
How does the land near the new China-North Korea bridge near Sinuiju represent the North Korean drive to reclaim tidelands? Robert Winstanley-Chesters explains.
As any student of ancient Chinese history can tell you, historically speaking, there is nothing more fundamental to political legitimacy in East Asia than the ability of a regime to harness, control, and regulate water both as agricultural resource and… Read More ›
We may never know what has transpired behind the curtain — or the growing wall of statues — in Pyongyang, but we can appreciate very much being treated as the audience to a great performance. The intermingled leadership of the… Read More ›