More to Life than Kim Jong-un: Reflections on Robert Collins’ Report on the Organization and Guidance Department

  Today the NK News website published a 1600-word essay I wrote in response to Robert Collins’ extensive new report on the Organization and Guidance Department of the Korean Workers’ Party. A short series of extracts follows: More than ever since January 2017, ‘North Korea watchers’ have been wrestling with a dilemma typical for analysing autocracies: Does one take a personalist interpretation of the DPRK’s diplomacy and … Continue reading More to Life than Kim Jong-un: Reflections on Robert Collins’ Report on the Organization and Guidance Department

North Korea: Examination Materials

I recently completed a month-long lecture series on North Korean-Chinese relations at Pacific Lutheran University.  Because these lectures were occasioned by a course I teach at PLU, I had the pleasure of writing an exam on the topic. Here, in no particular order, are a few of themes or questions which were covered in the lectures and which my students consequently suggested that I should … Continue reading North Korea: Examination Materials

North Korea Notes from Chengdu

Given the absence of substantial content on issues of succession coming out of Pyongyang’s Korean Central News Agency, leading Chinese international news outlets like Huanqiu Shibao are resorting to quoting the Daily NK in describing the appearance of four or five portraits of Kim Jong Un in an internal party publication (special publication of Rodong Sinmun Pictorial). Much more significantly, Huanqiu reports that some important … Continue reading North Korea Notes from Chengdu