Commentary: Dissatisfaction But No Evidence Yet of A Pyongyang Spring

Economics, Human Rights
, by Poll confirms that many North Koreans depend on the markets than on the public distribution system (PDS)... The Beyond Parallel poll appears to have overcome two major hurdles faced by other North Korea surveys: an over-reliance on North Korean defectors and over-reliance on people from the border provinces with China, who continue…

Meager Rations, Banned Markets, and Growing Anger Toward Government

Analysis, Economics, Governance, Human Rights
A opinion poll of North Koreans revealed a clear sense of discontent about what the government provides its citizens... A Beyond Parallel descriptive survey of North Koreans currently residing in North Korea revealed a clear sense of discontent among respondents about what the government provides its citizens. North Koreans know they do not live…

Decrease in Trade After Nuclear Test

Analysis, Economics, Foreign Affairs
Dandong, China, remains the epicenter of cross-border economic transactions between China and North Korea, where regular boat, railway, and road traffic is witnessed... Dandong, China, remains the epicenter of cross-border economic transactions between China and North Korea, where…

Unification Transparency Index: United States

Analysis, Economics, Environment, Foreign Affairs, Governance, Health, Human Rights, Humanitarian Aid, Infrastructure & Energy, Legal, Military, Nuclear Weapons, Refugees & Migration
A survey study of 233 of the United States’ top Asia/Korea experts, government officials, scholars, and opinion leaders found that domestic stabilization, not nuclear weapons, ranks as the #1 issue for the U.S. with unification (i.e., highest composite score in the entire survey in terms of most acute lack of knowledge/most acute concern for U.S. interests). The top four blind spots for the U.S.: 1) domestic stabilization; 2) nuclear weapons; 3) economic development; 4) cost.