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May 23, 2019

North Korea’s opioid epidemic

To make up for financial shortfalls in the early 1980s, North Korea’s ruling Worker’s Party began mass producing and distributing opium through its infamous...

North Koreans prefer dog meat stew to beat the summer heat

This summer has been unusually hot. Even when I was living in North Korea, I used to complain about the heat but it was pretty...

Pyongsong’s nouveau rich seek fortunes elsewhere

The ownership, construction, and sale of housing in North Korea has become largely governed by market forces. The official policy of state ownership of...
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Reducing North Korea’s perceived threat of separated family reunions will encourage their regularization

Editor’s Note: Thae Yong Ho was serving as North Korea’s deputy ambassador to the United Kingdom when he chose to defect with his family...
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Third inter-Korean summit must aim to interlink denuclearization and end-of-war declaration

Editor’s Note: Thae Yong Ho was serving as North Korea’s deputy ambassador to the United Kingdom when he chose to defect with his family...

Violent incident exposes issues with North Korea’s collectivist mentality

North Korea is a country that strives to unite its population under a single ideology within a monolithic ruling system. In reality, however, North...

Kim Jong Un’s demands for economic growth can only be answered by political reforms

In normal circumstances, economic growth is achieved by investing in labor-focused skills and physical infrastructure, the introduction of a marketized economic system, and protection...
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North Korea’s claim that Thae Yong Ho was fired from spy agency think tank...

Editor’s Note: Thae Yong Ho was serving as North Korea’s deputy ambassador to the United Kingdom when he chose to defect with his family...

Expanding unofficial labor market demands regulatory agenda

The number of 8.3 Workers (referring to workers officially employed by state-run factories but who pay fees for permission to engage in other business)...

North Korea must move on from its policy of economic self-reliance

The Bank of Korea announced that North Korea’s economic growth rate was -3.5% in 2017. This came as no surprise, given the actions taken...

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