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38 North is a web journal intended to provide high-quality research, analysis and commentary on a broad range of topics related to North Korea. It draws on experts and academics with a legacy of proven experience and/or exposure to North Korea(ns)--academics, analysts, NGOs, IGOs, former government officials and diplomats, etc.--to help assess what we know about the DPRK at any given time. For the latest analysis from 38 North, visit www.38north.org.

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Research and Analysis

September 10, 2019 | EXPERT: Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein

Throughout the diplomatic process between South and North Korea and the Trump administration’s nuclear diplomacy with Pyongyang, there has been an expectation that should sanctions be relaxed or removed, North Korea would begin to attract investments from all over the globe.

September 4, 2019 | EXPERT: Robert Carlin

With apologies to T.S. Eliot, August was the cruelest month. US-DPRK working-level talks did not begin, as most observers expected, after US-ROK joint military exercises ended on August 20. For a variety of reasons, the diplomatic window seems to be narrowing.

August 29, 2019 | EXPERT: Jenny Town , EXPERT: Samantha Pitz

In an attempt to address the country’s electrical energy needs, the DPRK is placing greater emphasis on the construction and utilization of both hydroelectric and coal-powered, thermal-electric power plants.

August 29, 2019 | EXPERT: Joel S. Wit

Just when you thought the media hyperinflation of the North Korean threat couldn’t get any worse, along came yesterday’s attention-grabbing story on Pyongyang’s submarine that could attack the United States.

August 20, 2019 | EXPERT: Yuki Tatsumi

Japan-South Korea relations are spiraling out of control.

August 2, 2019 | EXPERT: Jenny Town

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Frank V. Pabian, Jack Liu and Jenny Town

July 22, 2019 | EXPERT: Martyn Williams

Eavesdropping and network security were the top concerns of the North Korean government in the months before Koryolink, the country’s current mobile network service, was launched in December 2008, according to minutes of a May 28, 2008 meeting in Kuala Lumpur between engineers from the Korea Post

July 5, 2019 | EXPERT: Jenny Town

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Frank V. Pabian, Jack Liu and Jenny Town

July 3, 2019 | EXPERT: Jenny Town , EXPERT: Samantha Pitz

Analysis by Peter Makowsky, Jenny Town and Samantha Pitz Background

July 2, 2019 | EXPERT: Yun Sun

The Hanoi summit between President Trump and North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-un had been expected to deliver concrete results on the nuclear negotiations and/or US-North Korea bilateral relations.

July 1, 2019 | EXPERT: Joel S. Wit

With his visit to the Demilitarized Zone, the president is opening the door for real negotiations.

July 1, 2019 | EXPERT: Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein

North Korea’s environmental problems have not garnered nearly as much attention as its nuclear and missile programs, signature construction projects or vague commitments to improving the economy, but it is an area that has seen the most interesting developments under Kim Jong Un’s tenure.

July 1, 2019 | EXPERT: Jenny Town

Compared to China and Japan, access to educational opportunities about the two Koreas are noticeably limited in the United States.

June 25, 2019 | EXPERT: Yun Sun

After many years of speculation about a visit to the DPRK by Chinese President Xi Jinping, the suspense finally came to an end last week with the Chinese leader’s two-day state visit to Pyongyang. The timing is curious.

June 20, 2019 | EXPERT: Robert Carlin

The debate roiling the leadership in Pyongyang is in its fourth week and appears to have heated up.
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