On April 27th, 2018, there was a historical moment in which the leaders of both Koreas shook hands. Ever since the US-North Korea Summit occurred on June 30th, 2019, inter-Korean relations have been undergoing some unprecedented changes. However, South Korea is current...

A South Korean train passes over a cross-border railway bridge near the Demilitarized zone (DMZ) in Paju, north of Seoul on August 21, 2009. (AFP Photo) © AFP

It was last May on the Trans-Siberian train. I remember the birch forests and lakes, sparse houses, and th...

May 2, 2019

 (Photo credit: The Asia Society Center for Global Education)

By David Lee Former NKR Intern

Linguistic differences between the two Koreas are commonly cited as examples of how different the two countries have become from one another. In South Korea, there is a consensus...

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,...

May 2, 2016

Choi Jae Duk


Yonsei Institute for North Korean Studies

          Typically, traditional Korean culture brings to mind beauty and excitement, wisdom from ancestors, protected national treasures, and other such artifacts that point back to the roots of the Korean...

November 30, 2015



Professor Yoon Mook Lim

Yonsei School of Civil and Environmental Engineering


In the midst of preparations for reunification, North Korea’s infrastructure is an essential factor. Costs on infrastructure after reunification is expected to cover 40% of the total reunific...

October 12, 2015






Hur Jae-young



Yonsei Institute for North Korean Studies


Issue Brief # 53




This year, Korea celebrates 70 years of independence. During this time of reflection, our society continues to make an effort in finding parallels between Germany, which was divid...

July 1, 2015


Kwon So-young


Yonsei Institute for North Korean Studies






This year marks the 15 year anniversary of the June 15th declaration which resulted from the summit between President Kim Dae-jung and Kim Jong Il.  The two leaders have now passed on but the joint d...

After taking office, Park Geun Hye has expressed the government’s strong will towards unifying the two Koreas through the Dresden Declaration, and has inaugurated a special reunification committee for establishing practical, detailed reunification plans. As she engages...

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