Gabriela Bernal is a North Korea analyst based in Seoul, South Korea. She is also a PhD candidate at the University of North Korean Studies. Her writing and analyses have appeared in Nikkei Asia, Chatham House, Korea Herald, BBC, NK News, Asia Times, East Asia Forum, and more.
North Korea remains a hermit even as food runs short
With a population cut off behind a border, Kim Jong-un sees ideology as the answer to warnings about empty plates.
“If the problem becomes more serious”: South Korea talks going nuclear
The high stakes on Korean Peninsula have quickly become even more acute in 2023.
Worth a thousand words: what Kim Jong‑un’s daughter photo tells
The leader’s strategy is long-term, both for the continued rule of North Korea and its nuclear ambition.
The Korean Peninsula still poses major risks
Escalating tensions and vicious cycles. We’ve heard this story before. That doesn’t make the situation less dangerous.
Hot button issue: North Korea’s bold new nuclear stance
Regional leaders would do well to focus on engagement with Pyongyang after missile launches set a dangerous precedent.
Can Seoul and Tokyo mend ties?
Defence talks this week are a good sign. But a lot of history stands in the way of cooperation, even over North Korea.
Russia and North Korea: never waste a good crisis
With the world focused on Ukraine, Taiwan and elsewhere, North Korea is making mischief and remains a threat.