Curiouser and curiouser! No sooner had the UN Panel of Experts released its excellent report on North Korean circumvention of sanctions than the Panamanian seizure hit the front pages (New York Times here). The idea that this was a services or repair contract gone bad is plausible, although very clearly in violation of UNSC sanctions […]
We offer the following from the 11 October 2012 (we won’t bother to translate into juche-time) Minju Joson, a North Korean government newspaper, without editorial comment: The United States Raised the Curtain on a Cyber Armament Race “The United States is going into full swing on cyber armament development lately. According to news reports, the US […]
We have been struck by a handful of recent stories that suggest the regime’s trepidation about the country’s growing porousness to outside information. Earlier in the month, Kim Jong Un visited the Ministry of State Security. According to the KCNA, he “underscored the need to intensify the struggle to decisively foil the ideological and cultural […]
North Korea is often touted as a sui generis system. But interesting comparative lessons can be drawn from other Communist systems, even from paths not taken. We have posted before on some studies of Cuba that we thought were of interest, including an explicit Cuba-North Korea comparison by Jose Luis Leon-Manriquez. My colleague Richard Feinberg has […]
As we have noted in earlier posts on the positions of Newt Gingrich and the other Republican candidates, Iran is emerging as a central foreign policy issue in the upcoming presidential campaign. And whenever Iran comes up, there are bound to be references to the North Korean connection and what the Iranian saga says about […]
Last week I had the opportunity to participate in a very interesting discussion on how can social media and the Internet be deployed to maximize civic engagement in Iran, Cuba, and North Korea, as part of the conference “How to Ignite, or Quash, a Revolution in 140 Characters or Less “sponsored by the “Future Tense” […]
Most speculation about a reform path for North Korea centers on China, with Vietnam also attracting increasing interest. But José Luis León-Manríquez has written an interesting paper for the Korea Economic Institute that compares North Korea and Cuba (“Similar Policies, Different Outcomes: Two Decades of Economic Reforms in North Korea and Cuba”). The comparison is […]
Our former colleague Jen Lee flagged this important report now circulating in the Chinese media: North Korea’s own “happiness index.” Astonishingly, North Korea is not number one: 1. China. 2. North Korea. 3. Cuba. 4. Iran. 5. Venezuela. … 152. South Korea. … 203. The United States.