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More than 7,600 Americans are still missing from the Korean War, according to the U.S. government. While North Korea returned some U.S. servicemembers’ remains following the first U.S.-DPRK summit in 2018, the repatriation process has ground to a halt since the breakdown of denuclearization talks in 2019. This week, retired U.S. Army Col. Ashton Or…
 
More than 7,600 Americans are still missing from the Korean War, according to the U.S. government. While North Korea returned some U.S. servicemembers’ remains following the first U.S.-DPRK summit in 2018, the repatriation process has ground to a halt since the breakdown of denuclearization talks in 2019. This week, retired U.S. Army Col. Ashton Or…
 
What does the American public think about China, internal v. external threats, and who benefits from US foreign policy? This week we were joined by Craig Kafura with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs to discuss the results of their recent survey about all things foreign policy. Also this episode: the Philippines' Duterte problem as a structural…
 
Nam Bada joins the podcast to talk about PSCORE (People for Successful Corean Reunification), how his organization helps defectors adjust to South Korean society, North Korean human rights abuses and the reunification of the Korean Peninsula. Nam Bada is PSCORE’s Secretary General and has worked with the organization since 2010. About the podcast: …
 
Nam Bada joins the podcast to talk about PSCORE (People for Successful Corean Reunification), how his organization helps defectors adjust to South Korean society, North Korean human rights abuses and the reunification of the Korean Peninsula. Nam Bada is PSCORE’s Secretary General and has worked with the organization since 2010. About the podcast: …
 
In this special event, Dr. Van Jackson discussed AUKUS and Indo-Pacific strategy at the Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA). He's joined by Bryce Wakefield (AIIA), Maria Rost-Rublee (University of Melbourne), Nick Bisley (Latrobe University), and Benjamin Zala (Australian National University).…
 
A full roster of NK News journalists and contributors joins the podcast this week for a special Ask Me Anything roundtable discussion in celebration of 200 episodes. With drinks in hand, the team responds to reader inquiries on a range of North Korea topics — from missile launches, reunification prospects and an end of war […]…
 
A full roster of NK News journalists and contributors joins the podcast this week for a special Ask Me Anything roundtable discussion in celebration of 200 episodes. With drinks in hand, the team responds to reader inquiries on a range of North Korea topics — from missile launches, reunification prospects and an end of war […]…
 
With Van Jackson out on holiday, Sebastian Strangio (Southeast Asia editor at The Diplomat) joined the crew as guest host. This episode talks about his origins in journalism in Cambodia, Myanmar civil war, the problem with values and ideology in great-power competition with China, and his concerns with the risks of US authoritarianism. Sebastian's …
 
Scholars Mason Richey and David Tizzard join the podcast to discuss their new academic volume “The Future of the Korean Peninsula: Korea 2032 and Beyond,” which they co-edited along with Jagannath P. Panda. Our guests dive into the significance of the year 2032 for North and South Korea and explain why they chose to analyze […]…
 
Scholars Mason Richey and David Tizzard join the podcast to discuss their new academic volume “The Future of the Korean Peninsula: Korea 2032 and Beyond,” which they co-edited along with Jagannath P. Panda. Our guests dive into the significance of the year 2032 for North and South Korea and explain why they chose to analyze […]…
 
Maiko Takeuchi joins the podcast to discuss her role in the United Nations (U.N.) Panel of Experts (PoE), which analyzes information for reports on North Korean sanctions implementation that are submitted to the U.N. Security Council (UNSC). She was a member of the PoE from April 2016 to April 2021. About the podcast: The North […]…
 
Maiko Takeuchi joins the podcast to discuss her role in the United Nations (U.N.) Panel of Experts (PoE), which analyzes information for reports on North Korean sanctions implementation that are submitted to the U.N. Security Council (UNSC). She was a member of the PoE from April 2016 to April 2021. About the podcast: The North […]…
 
Why South Korea's Bernie Sanders is no Bernie when it comes to foreign policy. Why Australia's submarine decision is vulgar balancing (but not useless). Marxism versus liberalism. Why the pandemic proves the world sucks at collective action. Xi Jinping's common prosperity drive pits labor against oligarchy, but not the way you think. Lil Uzi Hurt T…
 
This week marks the release of the NK News podcast’s 200th episode. As though to celebrate the occasion, the DPRK has produced a number of newsworthy events in recent days, including a nighttime military parade and long-range cruise missile tests. For this roundtable episode, a large roster of NK News journalists and contributors joins host […]…
 
This week marks the release of the NK News podcast’s 200th episode. As though to celebrate the occasion, the DPRK has produced a number of newsworthy events in recent days, including a nighttime military parade and long-range cruise missile tests. For this roundtable episode, a large roster of NK News journalists and contributors joins host […]…
 
Why defense grifters and jingoes love deterrence-by-denial strategies. Why Manny Pacquiao could beat Duterte, and why that might not be good for the Philippines. WTH is a classical liberal? Also this episode: Is China the new standard-setter in tech? Jacob Levy Tweet: https://twitter.com/jtlevy/status/1424458950838263813?s=21 Kendra Schaefer Tweet:…
 
In Aug. 2014, Chinese state security personnel arrested the Canadian couple Kevin and Julia Garratt at a restaurant in the northeastern city of Dandong. Kevin, who had operated a coffee shop with his wife in the city since 2008, would end up spending the next 775 days in Chinese detention on accusations of espionage, in […]…
 
In Aug. 2014, Chinese state security personnel arrested the Canadian couple Kevin and Julia Garratt at a restaurant in the northeastern city of Dandong. Kevin, who had operated a coffee shop with his wife in the city since 2008, would end up spending the next 775 days in Chinese detention on accusations of espionage, in […]…
 
Music is an omnipresent part of North Korean life, from the eerie electronic ballad that plays every morning in Pyongyang to the propaganda tunes sung to accordion accompaniment at schools and workplaces. For this week’s episode, Professor Keith Howard joins the NK News podcast to discuss the role of music and dance as vehicles for […]…
 
Music is an omnipresent part of North Korean life, from the eerie electronic ballad that plays every morning in Pyongyang to the propaganda tunes sung to accordion accompaniment at schools and workplaces. For this week’s episode, Professor Keith Howard joins the NK News podcast to discuss the role of music and dance as vehicles for […]…
 
Less than three months after the outbreak of the Korean War, U.N. and ROK troops made their now-famous amphibious landing at Incheon and began to push north. U.S. General Douglas MacArthur, from his perch in Tokyo, ordered troops to continue past the 38th parallel all the way to the border with China, ultimately triggering the […]…
 
Less than three months after the outbreak of the Korean War, U.N. and ROK troops made their now-famous amphibious landing at Incheon and began to push north. U.S. General Douglas MacArthur, from his perch in Tokyo, ordered troops to continue past the 38th parallel all the way to the border with China, ultimately triggering the […]…
 
In this special cross-over episode, Dr. Van Jackson speaks with Future Tense host and director of research for Diplomat Risk Intelligence, Abhijnan Rej. They talk about scenario-based planning, intelligence failures, the perils of net assessment, and why it all matters in the context of the botched Afghanistan withdrawal. Future Tense pod: https://…
 
North Korea was the first country to stop all international travel following the outbreak of COVID-19 in Jan. 2020, and it may well be the last to reopen after the pandemic finally ends. The self-imposed lockdown has had huge consequences for the country’s economy — including the small but not insignificant tourism sector. This week, […]…
 
North Korea was the first country to stop all international travel following the outbreak of COVID-19 in Jan. 2020, and it may well be the last to reopen after the pandemic finally ends. The self-imposed lockdown has had huge consequences for the country’s economy — including the small but not insignificant tourism sector. This week, […]…
 
What's going on with the Quincy Institute v. liberal internationalism debate? How neoliberalism gave us the far right. What's a master's in IR really worth? Can you have too many national security experts (yes)? How anti-hegemonist politics gives rise to campism within the left. Also this episode: China's empire-building in Tibet and Bhutan. Nathan…
 
Some 33,000 North Korean defectors have entered South Korea since 1998, but many report that they encounter discrimination in the South due to their backgrounds, as well as challenges stemming from culture and language differences between the two Koreas. On this week’s podcast, Jihyun Kang and Marie Boes, founders of the fashion brand ISTORY, discu…
 
In this special crossover episode with the NK News podcast, Dr. Van Jackson has a wide-ranging discussion with its host, Jacco Zwetsloot. Van and Jacco talk about Van's writing process, how close we got to nuclear war in 2017, what the Biden administration is missing on North Korea, the East Asian peace, and his political evolution.…
 
Some observers have argued that North Korea followed a familiar pattern of raising tensions for the purpose of extracting concessions during the 2017 nuclear crisis, maintaining that there was never any serious danger of war breaking out on the Korean Peninsula. On this week’s podcast, Professor Van Jackson explains why 2017 was different: Donald T…
 
For this special National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day episode, Korean War veteran Richard Underwood joins the podcast to talk about experiences before and during the Korean War, including meeting Syngman Rhee, seeing a young Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang and working as an interpreter at the Kaesong peace talks. For more on Richard Underwood’s […]…
 
Why Chinese influence in New Zealand is an opportunity to pioneer an anti-CCP and antiracist policy. Why the Roosevelt Doctrine is really an attempt to save Woodrow Wilson. Writing about objects too big to write about. Republicans are using China to kill democracy. The problem with "punching left" on Cuba. Also this episode: What's wrong with inter…
 
Humanitarian professional and author Carla Vitantonio joins the NK News podcast this week to discuss her four years in North Korea working with and for people with disabilities, the impact of international sanctions on humanitarian aid and leaving a diplomatic job to work at a nongovernmental organization (NGO). Vitantonio was a country director an…
 
In an exclusive interview with NK News, former top U.S. envoy on North Korea Stephen Biegun provides his first-hand account of U.S. negotiations with a rotating lineup of North Korean interlocutors on the country’s denuclearization program and his reflections on the outcomes of that engagement as the U.S. Deputy Secretary of State from Dec. 2019 [……
 
Dr. Immanuel Kim joins the NK News podcast this week to talk about women and sexuality in DPRK literature, his translation of a popular North Korean novel and the striking sense of humor on display in the country’s short films. Kim is a professor of Korean literature and culture studies at George Washington University and […]…
 
In this week’s podcast, Lieutenant Colonel Sean Morrow talks about his unique stories and experiences during his time as commander of the United Nations Security Battalion from June 2018 to June 2020, and as the host of U.S. President Donald Trump during the Panmunjom meeting. About the podcast: The North Korea News Podcast is a weekly […]…
 
Guam's anti-militarist plight exposes Sino-US competition as clashing spheres of influence. How America did the Philippines dirty for a hundred years...and is still. The promise and perils and the Progressive International's strategy. Why boomers are hoarding real estate. And is academia for poor people? Evan Feigenbaum Tweet: https://twitter.com/E…
 
In this roundtable podcast episode, the NK News team discusses the ever-changing and wild price fluctuations seen in North Korea in the last few weeks. Host Jacco Zwetsloot is joined by Chad O’Carroll, founder of NK News and NK Pro; Colin Zwirko, senior analytic correspondent for NK News; and Peter Ward, a researcher on North […]…
 
Joining us on the podcast this week is Dr. Sandra Fahy to talk about her two books on North Korea — Marching through Suffering (2015) and Dying for Rights (2019) — as well as her current academic pursuits and the overlap and difference between human rights work and humanitarian work. Fahy’s Twitter and books can […]…
 
In this week’s episode, Ian Bennett joins the podcast to discuss the work of Choson Exchange. As program director, he runs entrepreneurship workshops in the Pyongyang and Pyongsong regions and in an online format. We discuss the history and criticisms of Choson Exchange, as well as how Ian got involved and how things are running […]…
 
Is it possible to push back on China's many forms of aggression without rivalry or racism? What Wu-Tang teaches us about solidarity and capitalist critique. Israel's occupying Palestine, so let's talk about terrorism. Why alliance reassurance rarely makes sense. Chris Clary Tweet: https://twitter.com/clary_co/status/1395448568983523328 Seva Gunitsk…
 
Lindsey Miller (@LindseyMiller87) lived in Pyongyang from 2017 to 2019, during some of the most turbulent times on the Korean Peninsula in recent memory. She joins the NK News Podcast to talk about her personal experiences in North Korea, photography in the capital city and beyond, connecting with the community, and her new book North […]…
 
In this special post-summit roundtable podcast, the NK News team deep dive into the most recent ROK-US summit and the leaders’ joint statement. They pick apart what Presidents Biden and Moon discussed at their summit in Washington, D.C. last Friday. They look at each presidential priorities in regard to North Korea issues, reasonable satisfaction w…
 
Germany’s long-time ambassador to North Korea, Thomas Schäfer, joins the NK News podcast to discuss diplomatic life in North Korea, politics in Pyongyang, changes in attitudes and beliefs over time among there, Germany’s approach to scientific and cultural exchange, nuclear weapons, the lessons of German reunification for the Korean Peninsula, and …
 
Why socialists aren't "very liberal." The far right's war on critical race theory is a bigger deal than you think. Why everyone loves to throw shade at New Zealand. The histrionics of the Taiwan debate. The truth about Van's interview on the Quincy Institute. North Korea policy is going nowhere. Ken Schultz Tweet: https://twitter.com/KSchultz3580/s…
 
Retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General and former National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster joins the NK News podcast to discuss why past efforts to denuclearize North Korea have failed, China’s role on the Korean Peninsula and the U.S.-ROK alliance. H.R. McMaster is the author of the recently released book “Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free …
 
In this exclusive roundtable podcast, the NK News team discusses the Biden administration’s North Korea policy review, the latest from Pyongyang’s state media and Kim Jong Un’s crackdown on anti-socialist behavior among his country’s youth. Host Jacco Zwetsloot is joined by NK Pro correspondent Min Chao Choy and analysts Peter Ward and James Fretwe…
 
In this week’s podcast episode, Anthony Ruggiero — a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and a former North Korea expert advising the White House — talks about the Biden administration’s upcoming DPRK policy review, his time with the U.S. National Security Council and how the U.S. can more effectively communicate the […]…
 
Why the Biden administration is performing its rivalry with China. What the Afghanistan withdrawal decision says about global punditry. Why UFOs might not be as sexy as Van hopes they are. Theories for avoiding war. Winners may write history, but that doesn't make it right. Creating a talent pool for progressive technocrats. How to think about the …
 
In this week’s podcast episode, Benjamin R. Young talks about his new book, “Guns, Guerillas, and the Great Leader.” He discusses North Korea’s foreign relations with the so-called “third world” during the Cold War and how its relations with these countries have changed over the past few decades. About the podcast: The North Korea News Podcast […]…
 
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