North Korea


North Korea Detains Another US Citizen

On May 6th, an American academic at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology was detained by North Korean officials for unspecified “acts of hostility,” according to the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). According to CNN, the KCNA released a statement in which they referred to Kim Has Song (the […]


Donald Trump, Kim Jong-Un, And The Dangers Of Pathologizing Politics

For the first time in quite a while, recent escalations of tension on the Korean peninsula have prompted serious fears of war erupting between North Korea and the United States-South Korea bloc. With Kim Jong-Un’s volatile North accelerating its missile tests and development of a state nuclear program, and the […]


North Korean Economy Brings New Need For Talks With China

Since the Korean War, North Korea has seen harsh economic sanctions placed on it, which has served to limit its growth. In particularly hard times, famine has even struck the country as the Kim dynasty clings to power. Despite these sanctions, according to a recent New York Times report, the […]


Climate Change Ignorance Is Catastrophic

Derek Bok: “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” Worldwide political news this week had three key focuses: 1) Donald Trump’s aggressive stance on North Korea; 2) The French Presidential Election; and, 3) Kim Jong-Un’s aggressive and non-compliant stance against any state that could threaten the survival of his […]


North Korea’s Fourth Failed Missile Launch Since March

In defiance of the United States and its main ally, China, North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile on Saturday, April 29th, 2017. The missile did not leave the North Korean territory. According to the United States’ and South Korean military, this test appears to have been a failure, the fourth […]


A Peaceful Resolution To The North Korean Conflict Is Possible

In North Korea, twenty-five million people live under an oppressive regime. The state has one of the worst records of human rights abuses in the world. They are currently holding more than one hundred thousand of their own people in political concentration camps.  Despite alleged instability in the administration, Kim […]


North Korea Detains US Citizen Amidst Escalating Tensions

As the pressure cooker that is the Korean peninsula continues to heat up, a new wrinkle in the ongoing geopolitical tension has emerged with the detention of American citizen Kim Sang-duk, a lecturer visiting North Korea. This development comes alongside threats by the North Korean government that it is “ready […]