North Korea in the World: New Data on High-Level North Korean Diplomatic Engagement, 1998-2018

February 20, 2019

NCNK, in partnership with the East-West Center (EWC), has launched an update for the joint North Korea in the World project. The update, comprised of an innovative dataset and analysis on twenty years’ worth of high-level North Korean delegations abroad, offers new insights into the challenges and opportunities presented by North Korea’s foreign linkages. This update is part of an ongoing effort between the NCNK and EWC's North Korea in the World project in providing researchers, policymakers, journalists, and the general public with easily-accessible information on North Korea’s external diplomatic and economic relations.

"Although North Korea can be opaque in many ways, its reputation as a hermit kingdom is clearly inaccurate," says Keith Luse, Executive Director of NCNK. “Pyongyang has cultivated ties across disparate parts of the globe, which have helped North Korea stay resilient in the face of significant economic and diplomatic pressure over its nuclear program.
"This new information on North Korea’s external diplomacy adds to our understanding of North Korea, but also to how U.S. allies, partners, friends, and others engage North Korea," says Dr. Satu Limaye, Director of the East-West Center in Washington.

Established in 2017, North Korea in the World is the definitive resource providing a multifaceted look into North Korea’s external relations. The interactive datasets and analysis of the project have been cited in stories by BloombergBBCNBC NewsBusiness Insider, and more.