Korean Knot

10.07.2017

The Real Story of North Korean Labor Camps in Russia

The U.S. State Department’s effort to portray North Korean migrant labor in Russia as slavery is misguided; working abroad is one of the only ways for North Koreans to climb the social ladder and provide their families with a modicum of financial stability.
7.07.2015

Moscow-Pyongyang: One Year of a New Friendship

This year media publications, state visits, and lofty declarations implied an unprecedented boom in Russian-North Korean relations. However, official 2014 statistics paint a different picture
9.06.2015

How Corruption Saved the North Koreans

In recent years, North Korea has transformed from one of the least to one of the most corrupt countries in East Asia. But this has been a blessing for its people, both politically and economically
3.06.2015

Why Kim Jong-un Is More Bloodthirsty Than His Father and Grandfather

Under Kim Jong-un, the repressions against the North Korean elite have reached unprecedented levels since the times of the inter-faction strife of the 1950’s. Such methods of shoring up one’s power may backfire
5.05.2015

Why Kim Jong-un Had Second Thoughts About His Trip to Moscow’s Victory Day Parade

Kim Jong-un eagerly and easily communicates with foreigners, but at the same time avoids meeting foreign heads of state. After three years in power he has never once met with a single one of his foreign colleagues.
21.04.2015

Will the Iranian Solution Work for the North Korean Nuclear Problem?

Unlike Tehran, Pyongyang fears external threats more than internal ones and may at most agree to freeze its nuclear program. Though this scenario is arguably the best one imaginable, political considerations in Washington make it all but impossible.
25.02.2015

Kim Jong Deng: Why North Korea Is Choosing Market Reforms

Due to his age, young Kim Jong-un cannot afford to rule the way his aged father did. The old system will not guarantee him another 40—50 years in power. Therefore, he is forced to change it, however risky these changes might be.
24.03.2014

Russia: Pivoting to Asia or Just to China?

Russia’s economic, political and strategic environment in the West is fast deteriorating. One obvious way to respond to this is to reach out to Asia and the Pacific.
8.01.2014

Asia in 2013: From Punggye-ri to Delhi

There have been many events in Asia in 2013. But some of them stand to impact the most the global policy and security in 2014.
6.01.2014

Eurasia in 2014

Eurasia Outlook returns in 2014 and in the months ahead it will focus on the issues that are likely to shape the future of Eurasia.
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