The Need for a New U.S. Information Strategy for North Korea

Author
Nat Kretchun
Content Type
Special Report
Institution
United States Institute of Peace
Abstract
Through the successive regimes of Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il, and Kim Jong Un, North Korea has maintained near-total control over the information that reaches its citizens. Now, as more and more North Koreans use networked devices such as smartphones, the regime is employing modern forms of censorship and surveillance to control information and curtail freedom of expression. This report argues that the United States and its allies need a new information strategy to end the social isolation of the North Korean people and improve their long-term welfare.
Topic
Science and Technology, Communications, Authoritarianism, Media, News Analysis, Peace
Political Geography
Asia, North Korea, North America, United States of America