Michael Madden

Nonresident Fellow

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Michael Madden is a Nonresident Fellow at the Stimson Center and a leading contributing analyst to 38 North. A consultant for government and private sector clients, Madden is director and founder of NK Leadership Watch, an all-source intelligence website focused on the DPRK (North Korea), its political culture and the organizational behavior of its party, state and security organizations. He has authored three dozen analytical products, monographs and papers on North Korean politics, Kim Jong Un and the Kim Family, and the country’s national security community, as well as over 250 biographical sketches and institutional profiles about North Korean officials and organizations. His writing has on North Korean politics and elite culture has appeared in the BBC, CNN, Foreign Policy and Korean Peninsula Through the Lens. From 2005 to 2011, Michael was research and administrative assistant to Dr. David L. Robbins, at Suffolk University, Boston, and Charles University, Prague, the Czech Republic where they managed intercultural studies and education programs in China, the Czech Republic, sub-Saharan Africa and 20 other countries, in Europe and East Asia.

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38 North Contributor Michael Madden quoted in article North Korea’s point man sidelined in nuclear talks

North Korea turns to diplomats after Kim sidelines point man in nuclear talks SEOUL (Reuters) – The demotion of Kim Yong Chol, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s point man for nuclear talks with the United States, signals that long-time diplomats who ha…

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38 North Contributor Michael Madden quoted in article on the absence of North Korean negotiator at Russia Summit

Absence of key North Korean negotiator at Russia summit offers glimmer of hope SEOUL — When North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met Russian President Vladimir Putin in Vladivostok on Thursday, one man was conspicuous by his absence. Kim Yong Chol — a hard-…

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Michael Madden quoted on North Korean leadership shakeup

SEOUL (Reuters) – In one of the biggest leadership shake-ups in years, North Korea named a new nominal head of state and a new premier, and gave leader Kim Jong Un a new title, state media reported on Friday, moves analysts said solidify Kim’s grip on…

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Michael Madden Quoted in Reuters Article about North Korea’s New Nominal Head of State

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea’s new nominal head of state is a long-time loyalist with deep ties to the ruling Kim family and whose fortunes have closely followed the rise of leader Kim Jong Un, analysts said. Choe Ryong Hae was named President of the…

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North Korea replaces premier as Kim Jong-un consolidates power in major reshuffle – Michael Madden Quoted

In one of the biggest leadership shake-ups in years, North Korea named a new nominal head of state and a new premier, and gave leader Kim Jong-un a new title, state media reported on Friday, moves analysts said solidify Kim’s grip on power.  …

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Michael Madden quoted in article about Kim Jong-Un’s Consolidation of Power

Kim Jong Un consolidates power as North Korea shuffles leadership SEOUL (Reuters) – In one of the biggest leadership shake-ups in years, North Korea named a new nominal head of state and a new premier, and gave leader Kim Jong Un a new title, state med…

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Michael Madden Discusses Kim Jong Un’s Sister’s Trip to Vietnam in Reuters

Smoke signals: Kim Jong Un’s sister rushed off her feet on Vietnam trip HANOI, Feb 28 (Reuters) – Ready with an ashtray at a railway station, taking away gifts of flowers and giving directions to staff, Kim Yo Jong has been rushed off her feet as perso…

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38 North Contributor Michael Madden quoted in article on North Korea’s Decision to shuffle Nuclear Talks

North Korea’s Kim shuffles nuclear talks team after defections, spying allegations SEOUL (Reuters) – Veteran North Korean diplomats are being sidelined from nuclear talks ahead of a second summit with the United States as recent defections and allegati…

Policy Paper
Much Ado About Kangson

Recent commercial satellite imagery analysis by the Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Middlebury Institute for International Studies, published by The Diplomat, identifies what is suspected to be a uranium enrichment facility in Chollima…

Policy Paper
38 North Special Report: Recent Changes in Kim Jong Un’s High Command

Prior to the Singapore Summit, the biggest news about the DPRK concerned a personnel shuffle of the Korean People’s Army (KPA) High Command.[1] Some of the coverage of these changes, obviously targeted on a general audience, was misleading. Accord…

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