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Kim Jong Un has weaponized South Korea’s own name against unification

December 2023 to January 2024 saw the biggest ideological change in North Korea in half a century. The country, which since its inception has...
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The foreign origins of the word “suryong”

Anyone interested in North Korea will have frequently come across the word "suryong." That's because it's the title used by North Korea's leaders, particularly...

Could a Wagner-style rebellion happen in North Korea?

Views expressed in this guest column do not necessarily reflect those of Daily NKLast week, the whole world watched with bated breath as an attempted military coup...

Looking to Soviet history for clues on North Korea’s future

On August 30, 2022, Mikhail Gorbachev passed away. In my estimation, there are few people who could claim to have influenced history as much...
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Tracing the real birthplace of North Korea’s Kim Il Sung

An aspect of the life of North Korean founder Kim Il Sung that researchers often find inaccessible is the man’s childhood. Not only Kim’s behavior...
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The ebbs and flows of former N. Korean first lady Kim Song Ae

All narratives about the Kim dynasty in North Korea only focus on its four most infamous members, Kim Il Sung, Kim Jung Suk, Kim...
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Behind the only known student uprising in North Korea

Ethnic Chinese (also called hwagyo, or "overseas Chinese") hold a unique place in North Korean society. This is due largely in part to North...

1959: Secret elections in North Korea

General elections are probably the most notable of all political events, heavily advertised and almost impossible to ignore. Yet one of North Korean elections,...

Tyranny of the Weak: Part of a decade-long pattern?

Academics are often consulted by government officials for advice on decision-making processes. Since these decisions directly affect the lives of millions, we can all...

Speaking truth to power: The biggest scandal in Korean studies should be talked about

The Korean Studies community now faces perhaps the biggest scandal in the history of the discipline and one of the biggest in the history...

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