Living it up? Hardly.
The world's most isolated country has a lot going on – and its complex internal dynamics are too often overlooked.
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After North Korea's fifth nuclear test on September 9, the U.S. is calling for tighter global sanctions. New research shows that this strategy actually helps North Korea.
President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.
Two prominent MIT physicists ask whether for nuclear weapons, less is more
Watch and learn.
A rare glimpse of North Korea's political strategy offers no earth-shattering revelations, but clears up a lot of unanswered questions.
A fine line: the China-North Korea border.
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China's unpredictable neighbour is a massive liability – and one to be handled with kid gloves.
A legacy looming large: Kim Il-sung (L) and Kim Jong-il.
When North Korea held its sixth party congress in 1980, its stagnant economics were much the same – but its worldview was utterly different.
What would a 19th-century American think of Donald Trump’s hair?
Christian, criminal or cowardly? People once thought your hair could hold the answer.
Ready for war: American and South Korean soldiers in April 2016.
Only 16 percent of Americans see North Korea as the US' "greatest enemy." Here's why that percentage should be much bigger.
Some things never change, it seems. For my entire life people have been protesting about the madness of nuclear weapons. Policymakers have been studiously ignoring such protests for just as long. Not only…
Riot police detain a supporter of Forum for Democratic Change, Uganda’s leading opposition party, as they break up a campaign procession.
The heavy-handed tactics used by Uganda's authorities during the 2016 elections have raised questions about a return to an oppressive past.
To international condemnation and beyond!
Why is it so hard to imagine that North Korea might have perfectly sane reasons for going into space?
Negotiations between members of the United Nations Command and North Korean counterparts in 2013.
U.S. forces in South Korea are on high alert after North Korea claimed to have tested a hydrogen bomb last week. But China may be better positioned to curb North Korea's menacing behavior.
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is a bit of a pain. Its leader, the remarkably youthful Kim Jong-un, is a caricature of tin-pot despotism. While we may be fortunate enough to find some of his…
If this detonation was a hydrogen bomb test, then it was likely less successful than the North Korean leadership may have hoped.
North Korea remains committed to perfecting a deployable nuclear weapon capability. It is confident in the understanding that there appears little the international community can do to prevent it.
South Koreans were shaken by news of the North’s underground test.
North Korea has been signalling an uptick in its nuclear programme for a while – and its strategy is as clear as ever.
What are the implications of North Korea's claims to have detonated a thermonuclear weapon?
North Korea’s Donju have acquired a degree of wealth such that they can invest in larger enterprises.
The rise of a class of nouveau riche North Koreans is changing the dynamics of the nation's economy and reshaping the relationship between the Kim government and the North Korean people.
After an exuberant 70th birthday party, North Korea is getting back down to business. Just how sustainable that busniess is remains to be seen.
Korean War-era weapons on display in South Korea. More than six decades on, tensions are unresolved – and now they are nuclear.
The West has long depended on the nuclear deterrent to quell the threat of 'rogue' nations like North Korea. But Pyongyang's continued nuclear weapons program shows that global disarmament is the only answer.
On the march again.
The restart of a North Korean nuclear facility has sent shockwave around the world. Why is it happening now?