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About Charles K Armstrong

Charles K Armstrong is professor of Korean Studies at Columbia University, specialising in modern Korean, east Asian, and international history. His most recent books are Tyranny of the Weak: North Korea and the World, 1950-1992 (Cornell University Press, 2013) and The Koreas (Routledge, 2nd edition, 2014). His earlier books include The North Korean Revolution, 1945-50 (Cornell University Press, 2003) and Korean Society: Civil Society, Democracy, and the State (Routledge, 2nd edition, 2006)

Articles by Charles K Armstrong

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Alex Sakalis, Editor

Alex Sakalis is associate editor of openDemocracy and co-edits the Can Europe Make It? page.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

North Korea's family purge

Kim Jong-un's execution of his uncle casts a revealing light on the tensions and weaknesses within the Pyongyang regime, says Charles K Armstrong.

Nuclear weapons, basketball diplomacy and war in Korea

While North Korea's nuclear threats towards the US remain in the realm of the absurd, the government's latest denunciation of the armistice agreement dangerously raises tensions between an inexperienced leader in Pyongyang and an untested president in Seoul.

North Korea: change of signs

Pyongyang looks and feels different under Kim Jong Un's leadership, but how much do new buildings, markets and facades reveal about the direction of policy? Charles K Armstrong, who recently visited North Korea, reflects.

Kim Jong-Il: leadership and legacy

North Korea's leader of almost two decades has died. What happens next will determine Kim Jong-Il's place in the country's history, says Charles K Armstrong.

North Korea’s uncertain future

The Pyongyang regime's mix of domestic economic challenges and political uncertainties makes the path towards international agreement over its nuclear plans more difficult, says Charles K Armstrong.

(This article was first published on 3 November 2008)

North Korea: the path to a deal

The six-party and cross-border agreements promise to ease tension and facilitate progress in the Korean peninsula. They also represent a success for Kim Jong-il’s regime, says Charles K Armstrong.
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