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Understanding North Korea
Cyber-hacking as a Means of "Self-reliance"
North Korea's Ransomware-based Cyber-hacking for Economic Gains in the Absence of Regulations on Cryptocurrencies in Global Finance
Understanding North Korea's Public Messaging: An Introduction
In this paper, the author addresses the challenges that North Korea watchers face when trying to understand the intent of Pyongyang's public messaging.
The Changing Role of Entrepreneurs in Kim Jong Un’s North Korea
The North Korean state faces competing economic and political pressures: how can a revolutionary socialist state constrain the emergence of private-sector pressures while also dealing with the pragmatic need for entrepreneurs’ capital and services?
Tightening the Screws: The Origins and Dynamics of Kim Jong Un's Clampdown on “Capitalist Tendencies”
This essay argues that Kim has sought from the beginning of his tenure to restore the state’s capacity to govern and exercise totalitarian control. North Korea’s particularly difficult economic situation during the Covid-19 border shutdown may explain the timing of the present campaign.
The Kims Aren’t Just Looking at Things: What Leadership Events Can Tell Us About North Korean Politics
This article analyzes how Kim Jong Il manipulated elites through invitations to public leadership events to successfully pull off North Korea’s second leader succession.