Economic Reform

Ailing Regent, Fledgling Marshal: Nick Miller on the Kim Kyong-hui Factor

By | October 11, 2012

She has returned, clad in black, yet her future at the heart of the Kim regime remains an open question. Analyst Nick Miller examines what it would mean for North Korea if Kim Kyong-hui were to disappear.

Show Me the Money: Evaluating Jang Song-thaek’s Search for Economic Cooperation in Beijing

By | August 19, 2012

Limos, nuclear test scuttlebutt, economic integration, and Kim Jong-un’s role in China-DPRK relations: Nathan Beauchamp-Mustafaga (Beijing University) breaks down the Jang visit.

“Nightmare Investment”: Documenting North Korea’s Abuse of the Haicheng Xiyang Group

By | August 15, 2012

Adam Cathcart documents and analyzes accusations of wholesale North Korean theft from and violence toward their Chinese counterparts in the mining industry.

Style or Substance? Kim Jong-un’s Personality Cult and Reform in North Korea

By | August 10, 2012

Sabine van Ameijden (Department of War Studies, King’s College, London) revisits the DPRK’s reforms of 2002, looks at Rason, and asks what standards need to be used to assess the depth of North Korean assertions of reform.