September 9, 2016 Jeffrey Lewis—
Yesterday’s nuclear test, the fifth by North Korea since 2006 suggests that North Korea can arm a missile with a nuclear warhead. And that may portend a significant change in how the United States thinks about dealing with North Korea... Yesterday’s nuclear test, the fifth by North Korea since 2006 suggests that North Korea can…
August 18, 2016 Beyond Parallel—
A new study by Beyond Parallel shows that annual US-ROK military exercises do not provoke North Korea... A new study by Beyond Parallel shows that annual U.S.-ROK military exercises – such as Ulchi Freedom Guardian which commence next week – do not provoke North Korea. The study’s findings demonstrate that these summer/fall…
August 17, 2016 Beyond Parallel—
Thae Yong-ho, a minister in the DPRK embassy in London, UK, has defected with his wife and son to South Korea and is currently under the protection of the government pending the formal procedures to process their entry into the country... Meaning of High-Level DPRK Diplomat's Defection Thae Yong-ho, a minister in the DPRK embassy in…
August 7, 2016 Willa Hine—
CSIS Beyond Parallel datasets offer a unique collection of original databases on diplomacy, military exercises, deterrence, trade, and finance related to Korean unification. Through a comparison of datasets important insights can be gained about the relationship between events. This timeline provides a comparison of two different datasets collected by CSIS.…
July 13, 2016 Patrick M. Cronin—
Kim Jong-un’s regime has been systematically sanctioned since early this calendar year. Recent measures build on years of international sanctions on North Korea... Kim Jong-un’s regime has been systematically sanctioned since early this calendar year. Recent measures build…
July 6, 2016 Lisa Collins and Victor Cha—
The U.S. Department of State’s “Report on Serious Human Rights Abuses or Censorship in North Korea” submitted to the U.S. Congress today, July 6, 2016 in accordance with North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act of 2016 (Public Law 114-112) lists North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as responsible for human rights abuses.
July 6, 2016 Lisa Collins—
A fake report about the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un by a female suicide bomber from a secret Pyongyang brothel set the Twittersphere on fire late June 16 and early June 17... Kim Jong-un Assassinated? No, but Still Reason to Worry A fake report about the assassination…
July 1, 2016 Andy Lim—
Since Kim Jong-un’s official accession to power in 2012, Yo-Jong has worked in his Personal Secretariat where she helped managed his itineraries, events, and on-site visits. It is believed that she continues to function in this role today, even after she had acquired other prominent positions over the past year.
June 30, 2016 Victor Cha—
The division of North and South Korea following World War II was a defining moment not just for the Korean peninsula but for all of Northeast Asia. The strategic environment of the region and the history of the Korean people were drastically changed by the division and subsequent Korean War.
June 30, 2016 Victor Cha—
Small-scale kinetic military conflicts and provocations that escalate quickly into a larger conflict could draw countries into a major war. The more we understand the relationship between North Korean provocations and U.S.-ROK military exercises, the more accurately we can determine the redlines for military action and regional conflict escalation.