North Korea


North Korea Releases Detained Australian Student

Alek Sigley, who went missing in North Korea last week, has been “released and safe” as declared by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. The 29-year-old Australian was reported missing in late June but was freed on Thursday after Swedish officials in Pyongyang met with the North Korean government. According to […]


Trump-style Diplomacy With North Korea Has Failed – Here’s What Actual Diplomacy Could Achieve

In Donald Trump’s recent meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to step across the North Korean border. This encounter is the third between the two leaders in just over one year, but the increased diplomacy has not seen positive results. During […]


The Trump-Kim Nuclear Summit: Finding The Middle Ground With South Korea

Hosted by the ambassador for South Korea, Mr. Seung-bae Yeo, at Victoria University’s Pipitea Campus on 6 June, the Institute For Governance & Policy Studies’ groundbreaking talk covered the history of the divide between the US and North Korea, and South Korea’s role as a neigbour to North Korea and […]


Rewilding Conflict Zones: From Iron Curtain To Green Belt

The world is experiencing unprecedented biodiversity loss; dubbed the Sixth Mass Extinction, with 60 per cent of animal populations wiped out since 1970. Human activity has significantly affected three-quarters of land; with agriculture, urbanization, industry and climate change decimating ecosystems and biodiversity. In response, a growing conservation movement – ‘rewilding’ […]


Trump’s Upcoming Visit To South Korea Sparks Hope Of Potential North Korea Talks

President Donald Trump plans to visit South Korea this weekend in hopes of resuming talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to shut down North Korea’s nuclear program. President Trump will also meet with South Korean president Moon Jae-in and foster “in-depth discussions on ways to work together to […]


UN Report: Nuclear Weapons “Divert Attention” From Dire Human Rights Situation In North Korea

On Tuesday, 28 May, the United Nations (UN) released their latest report on the troubled state of North Korea. The report focused on the governmental corruption that the general populous faces, under which those performing informal labor are threatened with jail time in order to extort money. This corruption appears […]


North Korea Defies United Nation Sanctions: Two Short-Range Missiles Fired In Strike Drills

The Korean People’s Army has confirmed its release of two short-range missiles from the northwestern city of Kusong. These strike drills, which saw missiles travelling 420km and 270km, was overseen by supreme leader Kim Jong-Un. Kim has stressed the drill was to inspect the rapid response of defence units and […]


North Korea Defies United Nations Sanctions: Two Short-Range Missiles Fired In Strike Drills

The Korean People’s Army has confirmed its release of two short-range missiles from the northwestern city of Kusong. These strike drills, which saw missiles travelling 420 km and 270 km, respectively, were overseen by supreme leader Kim Jong-Un. Kim has stressed that the drills were meant to inspect the rapid […]


Put Children Before Politics: Famine Sets In As North Korea’s Nuclear Program Continues

As of February, North Korea’s ambassador to the United Nations, Kim Song, has officially declared a food crisis in the wake of its worst drought in almost four decades and has requested urgent foreign aid for the 40% of North Koreans who are facing “severe food shortages,” many of whom […]