North Korea in the New Normal: Implications for Regional Security
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North Korea in the New Normal
Implications for Regional Security

Podcast with Stephanie Char
June 18, 2021

In this episode of Asia Insight, Alison Szalwinski speaks with Stephanie Char about her essay in NBR’s Emerging Voices on the New Normal in Asia series, “North Korea’s Covid-19 Choice: Greater Diplomatic and Economic Isolation.”

Stephanie Char is a PhD candidate in political science at Columbia University, where she studies international relations and East Asia. She previously worked at the Boston Consulting Group in Washington, D.C.

Alison Szlawinski is Vice President of Research at NBR. She provides executive leadership to NBR’s policy research agenda and oversees research teams in Seattle and Washington, D.C.


00:12 Introduction

01:00 Can you tell us about your current research on North Korea and the Kim regime?

02:02 What measures has the Kim regime taken to control the spread of the Covid-19 virus, and have they been successful?

04:25 What have the implications been so far for inter-Korean relations?

08:20 How has the pandemic impacted the relationship between North Korea and China?

10:10 What was the outcome of the recent meeting between Presidents Moon and Biden in Washington, D.C.?

14:55 What are the prospects for a resumption of negotiations on denuclearization, particularly as the pandemic continues to dominate global resources and attention?

18:40 Is there anything else related to these themes that you want to share with our listeners?

This podcast was recorded on June 3, 2021.

This podcast was produced by the National Bureau of Asian Research with support from the Henry Luce Foundation.

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