On September 18, Kim Kye-gwan went to Beijing to attend a conference on the tenth anniversary of the Six-Party Talks. North Korea may have thought his comments would be well-received. They were wrong. Adam Cathcart looks into it.
In a country as politicized, regionalized and fast-paced as South Korea, differences of opinion on North Korea are bound to be both large and hard to reconcile. Steven Denney brings us the latest opinion poll data.
With Seoul and Pyongyang both set to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Korean Armistice Agreement, English- and Korean-language media pick up on different points of a similar theme. Is the DPRK reaching out to foreign audiences for its “Victory Day”?
On July 15, a confessed North Korean spy was arrested in Seoul. Darcie Draudt takes a brief look at two recent stories about spies in South Korean media this past week and draws some conclusions about the fine line between mobilizing a watchful nation and paranoia.
Highlighting continuities and nuclear disjunctures in North Korean depictions of the Kim family, Adam Cathcart glosses a Heonik Kwon essay and tags the Mansudae Art Studios.
Is economic change on the way, or was it already here, or is the DPRK government spinning yet another yarn? Christopher Green reports on new rhetorical evidence of “improvement” (개선).
If the DPRK’s new Premier is indeed seeking economic reform and outside investment, all roads surely lead north, as Adam Cathcart argues.
In unconsolidated democracies with weak party institutions, charismatic political figures have a disproportionately higher level of influence compared to consolidated democracies. Ahn Cheol-soo is one such figure. Steven Denney explains.
Ding Gang’s recent skepticism about American intentions around the Korean peninsula is the subject of a short investigation by Mycal Ford.