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Up Close and Personal: Dennis Rodman Hits Pyongyang

By | March 01, 2013

The capricious act of a dictator addicted to hoops, piercing the ethos of foggy secrecy in Pyongyang, or just a calculated push forward for North Korean sports propaganda? Christopher Green investigates.

Red Box, Blue Box, Green Box: Arguing against Institutional Pluralism

By | February 08, 2013

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.

Camp 22 and Camp 14: Barbed Signposts for the New Kim Era

By | January 27, 2013

This essay by Christopher Green covers the alleged closure of Camp 22, dissects news that Camp 14 is expanding, and casts doubt upon Kim Jong-un’s approach to human rights in North Korea.

Orbiting Untruths, Ignoring Ideology: Looking Back and Re-Learning

By | December 20, 2012

Who is more likely to be telling the truth, the North Korean state news agency or a top regime insider? Christopher Green answers.

Fruits of 1913: South Korea Goes to the Polls

By | December 18, 2012

In this brief election day video, Assistant Editor Christopher Green explains the three different election-outcome scenarios, based on percentage of voter turnout, against the backdrop of exhortations to vote by three South Korean newspapers.

The Passing of Kim Jong-il (2): A Trans-Peninsular Environmental Meditation

By | December 17, 2012

How better to commemorate the passing of a vilified dictator than with a mournful meditation on the lack of dialectical approaches to the environment in the DPRK?

Kwangmyŏngsŏng-3 and Beyond – Narrative and Legitimative Power of the DPRK in the Space Race

By | December 14, 2012

If you had just put a satellite into space, what would you do with it? Channeling Sputnik and ignoring the geopolitical furore completely, Robert Winstanley-Chesters contemplates.

Barriers to Entry: Cellular Telephony in the Digital DPRK

By | November 25, 2012

Daily NK international editor Christopher Green analyzes the multiple logistical barriers for a North Korean who wants a cell phone.