As in much of East Asia, North Korea has grappled with the COVID-19 pandemic. The regime has shut its borders, except for some limited trade, and has some advantages when it comes to imposing anti-COVID-19 measures, such as the system’s rigid social control and strict suppression of the freedom of movement of the population. However, the COVID-19 crisis also poses important challenges to the regime, especially given the poor state of the country’s healthcare system. How will these factors affect Kim Jong-un’s vision for economic growth and improvement of people’s living standards? To answer these questions and more, we are pleased to feature FPRI Associate Scholar Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein, an expert on the Korean Peninsula and the East Asian region.
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