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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?

The Four Horsemen of the DPRK

By | December 13, 2012

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.

Don’t Fear the Tiger: Huanqiu Shibao, Chinese Delegations, and Netizen Responses to the North Korean Rocket

By | December 07, 2012

China’s state media is urging calm as regards the North Korean rocket launch — or is it? Analysis/translation by Adam Cathcart and Roger Cavazos.

Technological Triptych: Scott Bruce on DPRK Digitization

By | November 25, 2012

Opening up, or consolidating control? Roger Cavazos looks into the latest scholarship regarding North Korean telecommunications technology.

Lawfare Redux: Towards a Declaratory Posture for North Korea’s Nuclear Arsenal

By | October 05, 2012

While some analysts predict a third North Korean nuclear test, Scott Bruce explores how assuming a “declaratory posture” as a nuclear weapons state might serve an equally strategic purpose for the DPRK. Intro by Roger Cavazos.

Juche Pop: New Assessments of the Moranbong Band

By | September 28, 2012

A musical vision of the DPRK future? Adam Cathcart translates a favorable article about North Korea’s favorite new ensemble, and Jimin Lee provides commentary.

Food Aid, Nuclear Digging, Regime Stability, and ‘Sources’: Yong Kwan’s Interview with Chris Green

By | August 28, 2012

A 50-minute interview on the series features Christopher Green, the international managing editor for the Daily NK in Seoul, with Yong Kwon.

An “Honest Mistake” and “DPRK Successes in the Olympiad”: A Midway Review of North Korean Results and Affairs in the London Games

By | August 01, 2012

“Some evil-minded foreign media asserted that the DPRK would take only one silver medal…”