July 11, 2019

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International affairs on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia are complicated, mostly due to issues regarding North Korea's denuclearization. While there is hope for permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula through Kim Jong-un’s plan for "com...

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The first-ever seizure of a North Korean cargo vessel by U.S. authorities in retaliation for international sanctions violations shows Washington’s determination to return to hard-line enforcement of the Trump administration's "Maximum Pressure" po...

December 14, 2016

I.  The Puzzle


          When analyzing North Korea’s foreign relations, most part of its foreign policy strategies are focused on its relations with the United States. During the Bush administration, relations with North Korea completely came to a...

On May 3 2016 Donald Trump was confirmed as the Republican presidential nominee and is now the President Elect of the United States. Trump gained attention for asserting Monroe Doctrine beliefs towards Korea, Japan and European allies. Since America’s first president,...

September 15, 2016

The North Korean government’s attitude towards drug trade has changed drastically in the last few decades. Although drug production and trafficking in North Korea originated from government attempts to earn foreign currency, since the drug epidemic of the mid 2000s, th...

August 8, 2016

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On June 1st, the United States Treasury Department proposed new legislation, in conjunction with the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Act, to further estrange North Korea from the international financial system. [1] Specific...

August 1, 2016

Recently, most North Korean human rights organizations have paid a great deal of attention to North Korean young people commonly known as the “Jangmadang generation”[i] born in the late 1980s, just before the collapse of North Korean planned economy system. Several Nor...

July 1, 2016

Ryu Gyung Ah


Yonsei Institute for North Korean Studies

          As a result of the conferences in the midst of the confrontation between North Korea and South Korea, a joint statement was produced by the two sides on August 25th 2015. Having temporarily resolv...

February 16, 2016


 By NKR Intern Max Ernst


     A railway connection from Busan to Berlin, connecting South Korea’s southern port city with Europe via the trans-Siberian railroad, is a Korean dream that goes beyond mere political narratives of ‘Peace on the Korean Peninsula’ and ‘Unifi...

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