Reminder for course registration WiSe 2023 and changes in SoSe 2024

We would like to remind you that the course registration period is scheduled from September 13th to 27th


Upcoming course registration period for the winter semester 2023

Our course directory for the upcoming winter semester of is now updated! The official registration period is from September 13th to 27th, 2023.


Shifting Geopolitical Dynamics in Northeast Asia: Opportunities and Challenges Regarding North Korea

Join NCNK Executive Director Keith Luse as he moderates an insightful discussion with North Korean experts Rüdiger Frank, Rachel Minyoung Lee, and...


Global Neighbours is a non-profit organization that aims to build bridges between Europe, Asia, and beyond by creating a platform for fact-based...


EcoS application period for the academic year 2023-2024

Explore the dynamic world of East Asia in our Master's program, East Asian Economy and Society (EcoS), at the University of Vienna! EcoS is now...


Global Neighbours is seeking a Knowledge Management Specialist to join their team.


Discover how social relations play a critical role in determining the flow of unsanctioned information in authoritarian regimes, specifically in North...


Publication "Beyond the Dumpling Alliance: Tracking Taiwan’s relations with Central and Eastern Europe"

Explore the fascinating relationship between Central Eastern European nations and Taiwan.


We are pleased to invite you to the upcoming Ostasientag (East Asia Day) 2023. After previous online versions, this time OAT will take place on...


Course registration for summer semester 2023

Do not forget to register for your courses for the upcoming summer semester before the deadline on 27.02.2023 (10:00) on uspace.


Job Opportunity: Research Fellow at the DPRK Strategic Center (Almaty, Kazakhstan)

The DPRK Strategic Research Center at the KIMEP University in Almaty, Kazakhstan, is looking for a motivated and proactive Research Fellow interested...


Ph.D. Scholarship in Research on Korea

The International Institute of Korean Studies (IKSU) at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is offering a Ph.D. scholarship in research on...


Job Opportunity: Section IV of the Federal Chancellery

The Section IV of the Federal Chancellery, responsible for EU, International and Policy Issues has an open call for a full-time internship.


Job Opportunity: Data Correspondent working for NK Pro

NK Pro, an independent platform that provides information sources that focus on North Korea, is looking for a data correspondent based in Seoul.


38 North article: Because It Is Good for South Korea - Public Support for Defector Entrepreneurship

Dr. Steven Denney publishes insights from his research on public support for migrant entrepreneurship in South Korea at 38 North.


Job opportunity: Market Specialist at the Korea business center Wien.

The Korea Business Center Wien, the Austrian branch of KOTRA, is seeking to hire a dynamic and experienced professional for the position of Marketing...


The Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Austria is celebrating 130 years of diplomatic relations between Korea and Austria with an event that reviews...


Book presentation "Hedging Strategies in Southeast Asia"

EcoS lecturer Alfred Gerstl will present his new book "Hedging Strategies in Southeast Asia" on the 18 October, 18:00-19:30


38 North article: The Future of North Korean Studies

Prof. Rüdiger Frank and Dr. Steven Denney have collaborated on an article for the news outlet "38 North" in which they discuss the future of North...


South Korea’s Potential to Ease Tensions on the Korean Peninsula

In an article recently published on 'Korea of Point', a forum from the Sejong Institute, Prof. Rüdiger Frank addresses the question about what South...


China-Europe Academic Engagement Tracker Launched

EcoS lecturers Alfred Gerstl and Martin Mandl have joined an international team of researchers from Central- and Eastern Europe at CEIAS tto establish...


Interview: The Philippines' election results

The Philippines elected Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the son of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr., on May 9, 2022. What is expected from his presidential...


Improving North Korean Defector Integration in South Korea: Survey Findings and Recommendations

Dr. Steven Denney co-authored a recent commentary on defector integration in South Korea, published by the news outlet specialized in North Korean...


Event Invitation - Hackers and Social Networks: How North Koreans are accessing Foreign Information

On April 27, Dr. Steven Denney and Mr. Peter Ward will present findings and discuss implications from a recently completed research project on...


Upcoming talk: The South China Sea and its implications for ASEAN countries

On Tuesday, 22 March, 19:00-20:00 EcoS Lecturer Alfred Gerstl will participate in an online discussion on "The South China Sea and its implications...


38th North: North Korea as a Beneficiary of the Russian Invasion of Ukraine

In his latest commentary for the news outlet 38th North, Prof. Frank talks about how Russia's invasion to Ukraine and its resulting geoeconomic and...


The English-language South Korean news program interviewed Prof. Rüdiger Frank and Bruce Klingner, from the Heritage foundation.


Academic Writing Workshop by the CTL

The Center for Teaching and Learning - CTL is pleased to offer support for MA students of all English MA programs at Vienna University who are writing...


Taiwan's Bubble-Tea and International Relations

For the independent online journal "Das Reispapier" (The Rice Paper), Martin Mandl comments on Taiwan's culinary heritage and how this heritage could...


On October 25th, Martin Mandl joined a group of MA-students from the Department of Chinese Studies at Masaryk University Brno for a field trip to...


Why Taiwan Matters? A Video Contest

A video and podcast challenge by the Taipei Representative Office in Vienna is looking for creative answers to the question “why Taiwan matters for...


The Likelihood of Economic Reforms in North Korea: A Systematic Approach

In his latest article for Global Asia on the likeliness of economic reforms in North Korea, Prof. Frank argues that the current situation in the DPRK...


Austrian researchers from EcoS and the SINOFON Project at Palacky University Olomouc recently took part in a two day conference on "Current Issues in...


The Indo-Pacific Region: Main actors and its importance for the EU.

Our sessional lecturer, Alfred Gerstl, has been recenetly interviewed on the Indo-Pacific and the European Union current ties with this region.


On September 21 Martin Mandl welcomed Prof. Nissim Otmazgin, incoming Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem for a...


Bubble Tea & Taiwan's Gastro-diplomacy in Vienna

For the Helsinki China Podcast, Martin Mandl is commenting on Taiwan's gastrodiplomacy and the recent return of Bubble Tea to the streets of Vienna.


Taiwan's 'gastrodiplomacy': food, soft power and diplomacy.

On July 21st, Martin Mandl met with the head of Taiwan's mission in Austria, Ambassador Katharine Chang, to discuss Taiwan's food, its soft power, and...


Martin Mandl on "Taiwan with a Side of New Public Diplomacy"

For "Taiwan Insight", Martin Mandl discusses his research on Taiwan's New Public Diplomacy, the Gourmet Taiwan programme, and he argues for the...


Best Presentation Award for "A Taste of Taiwan"

Martin Mandl's presentation "A Taste of Taiwan" has been awarded the 'Best Presentation Award', supported by the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy, at...


The Department of East Asian Studies' yearly event, 'Oastasientag' is around the corner! Save the date for 12 March, 2021, from 10:15 to 11:15, to...


Upcoming events of EcoS' lecturers

We would like to share with you the invitation to two upcoming events that include the participation of our lecturer, Dr. Alfred Gerstl, which will...


In his latest article for the news platform specialized on North Korea, 38th North, Prof. Rüdiger Frank analyses the documents of North Korea’s 2021...


The Eighth Congress of the Korean Workers’ Party (KWP, or simply the party) was held in the DPRK from January 5 to January 12, 2021.


On November 6, Prof. Frank participated in the World Economic Forum (WEF) panel on “Promoting Human Security in North Korea”.


The International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) has featured a co-authored article by Dr. Franziska Plümmer (Chair of East Asian Studies,...


Dr. Franziska Plümmer will be part of the planned Lecture Series of the Department of Political Science (IPW Lectures) for the Winter Semester 2020-21


Discussion Panel about the Division and Reunification Korea/Germany

On October 2, Prof. Rüdiger Frank was part of a discussion panel about the documentary film "My Brothers and Sisters in the North" (2016) by...


The latest volume of our Vienna Journal of East Asian Studies - VJEAS is now available online.


Have you digitally submitted your MA thesis or are you planning to do so? This information will be useful for you!


In her latest blog article for the Research Group 'Transient Spaces and Societies', Dr. Franziska Plümmer, from our Department of East Asian Studies,...


The interview, featured by ORF's ZIB Nacht, focuses on DPRK's decision to blow up their liaison office with South Korea, located in Kaesong.


This past week, Prof. Rüdiger Frank was interviewed by diverse media on the different rumours about the North Korean leader.


On April 13, the news platform '38North' published and article from Prof. Rüdiger Frank, titled "The 2020 Parliamentary Session in North Korea:...


ARD's Morgenmagazine explains how other countries deal with the Coronavirus pandemic, including the DPRK.


This year’s issue of 'Univie Global', the magazine published by the International Office of the University of Vienna, features an article about the...


We would like to share the invitation to this lecture organized by the IFK International Research Center for Cultural Studies of the University of Art...


Do you happen to be in Kaohsiung, Taiwan on 24 and 25 October 2019? Join Martin Mandl and other international food experts for the Ninth International...


Martin Mandl talks about "Fake Meat" in China

For European news agency Pressetext and the Austrian Wirtschaftsverlag, Martin Mandl is commenting on “Fake Meat” in China, its historical roots and...


“Unterwegs in Nordkorea: eine Gratwanderung” featured as Book of the Month

Prof. Rüdiger Frank’s latest book features at this month’s recommended reading by the University of Vienna. “Unterwegs in Nordkorea: eine...


The MA program in East Asian Economy and Society is looking for a lecturer to teach a seminar on East Asian Economic Systems in the winter term...


Latest analysis of North Korea's Economy and more

Prof. Rüdiger Frank analyses the 2019 parliamentary session in his latest article for 38 North, a platform devoted to informed analysis of events in...


Concerning the latest US-North Korea Summit, which took place on Hanoi on 27-28 February, Prof. Rüdiger Frank wrote a commentary on the news platform...


Conference on Contemporary Asia 2019

The Sinology Department of the University of Würzburg and the German Association for Asian Studies (DGA) will host the Conference on Contemporary Asia...


On March 8, on the occasion of the ITB in Berlin, Prof. Frank will receive the ITB BookAward awarded in cooperation with the Börsenverein des...


The article, written for the specialized portal '38th North', delved deeper into the speech's content, which touched on topics like economic growth,...


Upcoming lecture "Update zu Nordkorea" at ÖAVN

The Foreign Policy and United Nations Association of Austria [ÖAVN in German] will feature a lecture from Prof. Rüdiger Frank on the topic of North...


Prof. Frank talks about the Korean Peninsula and the US-North Korea Summit

Prof. Rüdiger Frank was interviewed at Ö1's 'Morgenjournal', where he discussed the implications of a possible US-North Korea Summit, and the...


The Specter of Taft-Katsura 2.0: Is a US-China Deal Far-Fetched? Prof. Frank newest article on 38th North

Prof. Frank points at the danger of a secret deal between the US and China and argues that such concerns might be one out of many reasons for the...


Historic Summit between North and South Korea

Das Erste featured a special on the recent Summit between North and South Korea on its segment 'Brennpunkt'.


Kleine Zeitung asks 'Was will Kim erreichen?'

Keeping up with the current events in the Korean Peninsula, Prof. Rüdiger Frank was interviewed by 'Kleine Zeitung'.


Wiener Zeitung: Kim wants a Korean Unification

Why is North Korea suddenly interested in talks? Prof. Rüdiger Frank talks with Klaus Hubold from 'Wiener Zeitung'.


Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung features Prof. Frank on North Korea

The german newspaper offers two articles featuring Prof. Rüdiger Frank, discussing denuclearisation and the current role of the military in North...


'An End to the Continuous Escalations' by Heute Journal

With the Summit between North Korea and South Korea taking place, both countries have decided to take their destiny in their own hands. Could this be...


NDR radio: 'Kim won't give up the atomic bomb'

North Korea is discontinuing its nuclear program. Could we trust in Kim Jong-un? Prof. Frank Rüdiger talks about it with NDR radio.


Prof. Frank discusses the current situation in North Korea and his new book "Unterwegs in Nordkorea: Eine Gratwanderung"

Prof. Rüdiger Frank has given a series of interviews during the month of March to discuss the current situation with North Korea, as well as his new...


Prof. Rüdiger Frank's Interview with Der Standard "Nordkorea-Forscher: Das ist klar der Trump-Faktor"

The Austrian newspaper Der Standard recently interviewed Prof. Frank concerning the annoucement of a summit between United States and North Korea.


New article by Prof Frank on 38 North: „Korea 2018: The Beginning of the End of the Post-1990 World Order?“

Prof. Frank discusses possible implications of the recent rapprochement between the two Koreas and the seismic changes this could herald for the...


On the 14th of February, Professor Frank discussed travelling in North Korea and his new book "Unterwegs in Nordkorea" in a program on...


DAS! with Prof. Rüdiger Frank

Prof. Frank is interviewed by the German TV magazine "DAS!" on his insights and travels to North Korea.


Documentation on the DPRK's participation in the 1964 Olympic Games (with Prof Frank's comments)

On the 4th of February, the Austrian broadcasting services featured a documentary on the DPRK's participation in the 1964 Olympic Games with comments...


"Tauwetter in Korea?"

Is the current rapprochment on the Korean peninsula a short-lived flare or a lasting development?


"In Washington ist man ein wenig nervös"

In Austrian newspaper Der Standard, Prof. Frank comments on the current rapprochment between North and South Korea, international mediation, and the...


Prof. Rüdiger Frank's Interview with "ZDF Heute"

On the 8th of January, 'ZDF Heute' featured an interview with Prof. Rüdiger Frank on the current talks between North and South Korea.


Self-Confidence after a Tough Year

On 38 North, Prof. Frank commented on the 2018 New Year speech by Kim Jong-un.


In a commented slideshow of pictures taken during his own travels in the DPRK, Prof. Frank offers a rare view inside the hermit kingdom.


"Nordkorea unempfindlich gegen Sanktionen"

For the upcoming episode of 3sat's business programme Makro, Prof. Frank explains the limitations of sanctions in dealing with the DPRK, China's...


Alfred Gerstl's Interview with "Wiener Zeitung"

On 9 November, "Wiener Zeitung" published an interview with EcoS Lecturer Dr. Alfred Gerstl on the Sino-US relations and their impact on East Asia,...


On 38 North, Prof. Frank comments on the latest North Korean trade data in the context of the ongoing sanctions debate.


Phoenix: Im Dialog mit Prof. Frank

In "Im Dialog", Prof. Frank talks to Michael Krons about the current level of escalation between North Korea and the U.S. and his assessment of...


IM ZENTRUM: "Die Angst vor der Bombe"

In Austria's ORF2 talkshow Im Zentrum, Prof. Frank explains how and why the DPRK pursues its nuclear programme and discusses with other prominent...


"Einblicke in den isoliertesten Staat der Welt, Hintergründe zum aktuellen Konflikt" - Ö1, Punkt eins, 31.8.

In this one hour feature, Prof. Frank discusses the recent crisis on the Korean peninsula.


"Auch Kim Jong Un unterliegt Zwängen"

In his latest interview with 3sat's business programme Makro, Prof. Frank is arguing for a new international strategy towards North Korea.


Navigating Difficult Waters: President Moon Jae-in’s Berlin Speech

On 38 North, Prof. Frank comments on the speech by South Korea’s president Moon Jae-in in Berlin, Germany on July 6, and his proposals about how to...


The Case of Otto Warmbier

In a number of German speaking news formats, Prof. Frank critically comments on North Korea's handling of the case of US student Otto Warmbier, his...


"Heading for a Cold War 2.0"

In German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine, Prof. Frank talks about the conflict between the U.S. and North Korea.


Tagesschau24: Nordkorea am Ende?

On 13 May, 9:02pm at Tagesschau24, Prof. Frank will discuss current North Korean topics with ARD's Ulrich Timm.


The North Korean Parliamentary Session and Budget Report for 2017

Prof. Frank gave his annual analysis of the North Korean Parliamentary Session in an article on 38th North.


Tensions with North Korea

In ORF ZIB24:00 on 26 April 2017, Prof. Frank analyses the current tensions with North Korea and how a U.S. rapprochement could counter military...


"North Korea is Willing to Talk!"

In an interview with #Blog1600Penn, Prof. Frank assesses the current security situation on the Korean peninsula.


Consumerism in North Korea

Prof. Frank discusses the latest changes in North Korea based on his visit to the country in Feb. 2017, and offers details on the surprisingly dynamic...


"China needs a stable North Korea"

In an interview with German news broadcaster n-tv Prof. Frank explains the intentions behind North Korea's latest missile test, China's interests in...


North Korea's Secrets

In ORFeins ZIB Magazin on 23 February 2017, Prof. Frank evaluates on a North Korea beyond official imagery by the state media.


The Unification Cases of Germany and Korea: A Dangerous Comparison

Prof. Frank discussed the pitfalls of comparing the actual case of German unification with the hypothetical case of Korean unification.


Prof. Frank comments on a recent U.S. State Department initiative

In this article, he has the opportunity to dicuss the media and information campaign in North Korea.


Guest Comment in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung by Prof. Frank

Prof. Frank was just published in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ).


Prof. Frank has published a short analysis of the 2016 budget report from North Korea.


Prof. Frank and Theo Clement discuss the Kaesong closure in more detail, looking at the balance sheet for South Korea and for North Korea.


Prof. Rüdiger Frank has recently addressed various topics related to North Korea, including the case of Otto Warmbier, the closure of the Kaesong...


Prof. Rüdiger Frank has been recently interviewed on various topics concerning North Korea, nuclear tests, satellite launch and the impact of economic...


New Article by Prof. Frank: "The 7th Congress of the Workers' Party of Korea in 2016: Return to a 'New Normal' or Risk a 'Take-Off'?"

On 30 October 2015, the North Korean media announced that the 7th Congress of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) - the first WPK Congress since 1980 -...


In "North Korea's Foreign Trade" (published in 38 North, 22 October 2015), Prof. Frank analyses North Korea's foreign trade as a major indicator of...


In “The North Korean Budget Report 2015: Ten Observations”, Prof. Frank analyses the economic contents of the April 2015 session of the North Korean...


Planet Wissen: Prof. Frank on Korea [in German]

In German television programme "Planet Wissen: Korea - Geteiltes Land" (WDR, SWR, ARD-alpha), Prof. Rüdiger Frank and Korean-born movie director Sung...


Interview with Prof Frank on 'The Interview'

In a recent interview with German magazine 'Der Stern' Prof Rüdiger Franks elaborates on North Korea's harsh reaction to the release of Hollywood...


Former German Vice Chancellor and Minister of the Economy, Dr. Philipp Rösler, presented Prof. Frank’s new book “Nordkorea: Innenansichten eines...


Prof. Frank reports about a visit to the Special Economic Zone in Rason on one of the most-read websites on North Korea, 38North, published by the...


Extended Interview with Prof. Frank on 3sat

Prof. Frank has given an extended interview to the TV channel 3sat, which has been published in three parts.


Radio interview with Prof. Frank

Here is the most recent interview of Prof. Frank on North Korea, from the radio program "Fragen an den Autor" on Radio SR"


Upcoming event: On Friday, Dec. 12, Prof. Frank will discuss his new book "Nordkorea: Innenansichten eines totalen Staates" with former German...


An excerpt from Prof. Frank's new book

The Huffington Post publisehd an excerpt from Prof. Frank's new book „Nordkorea. Innenansichten eines totalen Staates"


A review on Prof. Frank's book "Nordkorea. Innenansichten eines totalen Staates"

The newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung publish a review of Prof. Frank's new book "Nordkorea. Innenansichten eines totalen Staates".


Article in Foreign Policy Magazine

A detailed article by Prof. Frank in the renowned Foreign Policy magazine on the oldest among North Korea’s special economic zones, Rason./p>


The University of Vienna published an in-depth interview with Prof. Frank about his newest book "Nordkorea. Innenansichten eines totalen Staates".


Radio Interview with Prof. Frank

Prof. Frank recently gave a 36 Minutes Interview to German Radio RBB Info.


n-tv interview with Prof. Frank

In an interview with n-tv, Prof. Frank explains why North Korea wants to cooperate more with Germany.


"Profil" Interview with Prof. Frank

Prof. Frank argues in Austria's news magazine "Profil" that Kim Jong-un's absence in the last weeks is nothing extraordinary and not a sign of a coup...


Prof. Frank has for the first time written a comprehensive book on the DPRK, or North Korea.


Dr. Gerstl on the South China Sea dispute

Austrian daily "Die Presse" talked with EcoS' Southeast Asian expert Dr Gerstl about strategic and legal aspects of the South China Sea conflict.


Dr. Alfred Gerstl, the Southeast Asia expert at the Chair of East Asian Economy and Society, gave a talk on the conflict in the South China Sea.


Dr. Alfred Gerstl on the current political crisis in Thailand

Dr. Alfred Gerstl, MIR, University Assistant (post-doc) at the Chair of East Asian Economy and Society, was asked to comment on the current political...


Dr. Alfred Gerstl, Southeast Asia expert at the Department of East Asian Studies, will hold a talk titled "Der Konflikt im Südchinesischen Meer: China...


Prof. Frank will join the panel on „East Asia Security Outlook“ at the World Economic Forum meeting in Manila, Philippines, on May 23rd.


Prof. Frank analyses the first session of the newly elected North Korean parliament which took place in early April 2014.


New Essay by Prof. Frank

"Can North Korea Prioritize Nukes and the Economy at the Same Time?" New article from Prof. Frank on Global Asia, Vol. 9, No. 1


Analysis: Prof. Frank on President Park's Dresden Speech

Fire the Speech Writers: An East German's Perspective on President Park's Dresden Speech.


Dr. Alfred Gerstl on the Crisis Management of the Malaysian Government

Mag. Dr. Alfred Gerstl, MIR, University Assistant (post-doc) at the Chair of East Asian Economy and Society, was asked to comment on the crisis...


Prof. Frank offers his take on the New Year speech held by North Korea leader Kim Jong-un, identifying a number of noteworthy points in comparison to...


Analysis: Prof. Frank on the Downfall of Jang Song Thaek

Following reports that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's uncle Jang Song Thaek was not only purged but executed on grounds of "attempting to overthrow...


Recent media coverage on the DPRK included reports of a United States citizen that has been arrested by North Korean state authorities right before...


In one of only a few reviews available, Prof. Frank examines the hard- and software of the North Korean tablet computer called 'Samjiyon'.


Prof. Frank among top 50 economists in German-speaking countries

The German daily ‘Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung’ (FAZ) has released a ranking of economists in German-speaking countries according to their influence...


Prof. Frank in "Deutsche Welle"

Experts from Germany and South Korean discussed the current state and potential future of North Korea in the Deutsche Welle.


PANEL DISCUSSION: The future of nuclear weapons. The U.S. - Russia - North Korea - Iran

In an April 2009 speech in Prague US President Barack Obama spoke of a world free of nuclear weapons.


Prof. Frank on ARD's Programme "Beckmann" (in German)

Prof. Frank participated in the Round Table discussion "Beckmann" on the German TV Channel ARD on Thursday, April 11, at 10:45pm.


Why now is a good time for economic engagement of North Korea

Prof. Frank contributed an article to The Asia-Pacific Journal on April 8th, 2013, on engaging North Korea economically.


What is behind North Korea's threats? - ZDF interview with Prof. Rudiger Frank.

Prof. Frank comments on the motives behind North Korea's threats. (April 1st, 2013).


Research assistant and PhD candidate Stephan Si-Hwan PARK launched in February 2013 the Online School for UNconventional Academics.


Interview with Prof. Frank on North Korea canceling the Non-Aggression Pact

Prof. Frank comments on North Korea canceling the Non-Aggression Pact with South Korea on Austria's evening news ZIB 24 (Mar 8, 2013).


ORF Interview on the Unification Movement with Dr. Lukas Pokorny

Sun Myung Moon, founder of the Unification Movement who died last year, had announced the so-called Foundation Day for February 22nd, 2013.


Prof. Frank on North Korea's nuclear test

Prof. Frank comments on North Korea's most recent nuclear test on Austria's evening news ZIB 2 (Feb 12, 2013).


The Economist on North Korea's changing society with comments by Prof. Frank

Some remarks from Prof. Frank were cited in an article by The Economist on societal changes in North Korea.


Interview with Prof Rüdiger Frank on North Korea's recent nuclear test

Prof Rüdiger Frank was interviewed by the Austrian daily newspaper Wiener Zeitung on North Korea's intentions behind the recent nuclear test.


Interview with Prof Rüdiger Frank on reports of 'radical reforms' in North Korea

Prof Rüdiger Frank was interviewed by the Austrian daily newspaper Der Standard on the reliability of western media reports concerning 'radical...


Prof Rüdiger Frank on North Korea's rocket launch

Prof Rüdiger Frank comments North Korea's successful rocket launch on Austria's late night news ZIB 24 at ORF on the 12th of December.


Formation of Advisory Group on North Korea at World Economic Forum

At the World Economic Forum’s Summit on the Global Agenda in November 2012, it was decided to form an Advisory Group on North Korea.


Changes in North Korea: For Better or Worse?

In a short comment, Prof. Frank addresses the question of unbalanced reporting about developments in North Korea and argues that there is progress,...


On Oct. 28, 2012, Prof. Frank went to Cairo to provide a two hour briefing for President Martti Ahtisaari, Ela Bhatt, Prime Minister Gro Brundtland,...


Academic Analysis

by Prof. Rüdiger Frank on current developments in North Korea on 38north.org


ORF Interview on the Unification Movement with Dr. Lukas Pokorny

On September 3rd, 2012 Sun Myung Moon, founder of the Unification Movement and the "Washington Times" died at the age of 92.


The World Economic Forum on East Asia: Burmese Lessons for North Korea?


Academic Analysis

A Question of Interpretation: Economic Statistics From and About North Korea.


AKSE conference 2013 in Vienna

The Department of East Asian Studies of the University of Vienna is proud to host the 26th Biannual Conference of the Association for Korean Studies...


Online article on Cao Đài

In this online article religious studies scholar Dr. Lukas Pokorny explains some basic features of Đại Đạo Tam Kỳ Phổ Đọ (Cao Đài) - one of the...


Prof. Frank has been elected as Vice President of the Asian Politics and History Association (APHA).


Spiegel Interview

Prof. Frank answers questions regarding the 70th birthday celebrations of Kim Jong-il who passed away last December and explains the current state of...


Comment on Süddeutsche Zeitung

Prof. Frank explains why the North Korean dictatorship has been this sustainable and calls the attention to current developments within the...


Academic Analysis

Kim Jong Il’s death was announced less than three weeks ago. But the world is surprisingly quickly getting used to the new leadership in North Korea,...


Academic Analysis

Austria is a great country for many reasons, but with just 8.4 million citizens and locked in the center of the European continent, it is hardly a...


Academic Analysis

The Party as the Kingmaker: The Death of Kim Jong-Il and its Consequences for North Korea.


North Korea’s Strategic Outlook on Northeast Asia: The Syrian Litmus Test

"The Libyan story seems to be over, at least for now. We do not exactly know who is going to rule that country next and with what consequences.


Live-Interview for Russia Today Television

North Korea has again shelled waters near the maritime border with South Korea.


Davos Debates in Abu Dhabi 2011

Prof. Frank gives a brief overview on the range of issues that are discussed at the World Economic Forum and Global Agenda Council on Korea.


Live-Interview for Russia Today Television

US President Barack Obama declared North Korea a threat to the US and South Korea and warned it to disarm or face isolation.


Live-Interview for Russia Today Television

Despite North Korea stating it is ready to restart the talks on nuclear problem with no conditions from its side, there may be conditions from the US...


Policy Briefing for "The Elders"

Prof. Frank in April 2011, upon invitation by the secretariat of The Elders (http://www.theelders.org/), wrote a background policy paper.


Prof. Frank joined the World Economic Forum

Professor Rudiger Frank, Chair of East Asian Economy and Society at the University of Vienna, has in June 2011 joined the World Economic Forum/Global...


Commentary by Prof. Frank: "Food aid diversion: Why it does NOT matter"

"One of the things I have, for years, been having difficulties to understand is the discussion of (staple) food diversion.


Libyan Lessons for North Korea

Prof. Rüdiger Frank discusses the probable interpretation by the North Korean leadership to recent bombing of Libya.


Kim Jong Un on Painting?

Prof. Rüdiger Frank discusses what to make of a recent leaked photo of what have deemed the first North Korean painting depicting Kim Jong Un.



Prof. Rüdiger Frank comments on the current security situation in East Asia after artillery shelling in Korea on November 23rd.


ZDF interview

Prof. Rüdiger Frank gives answers on the current security crisis on the Korean peninsula and interpretes the motives of North Korea's actions.


FIRST analysis of the outcomes of North Korea's recent delegates meeting

Prof. Rüdiger Frank examines what we can glean from the outcomes of the recent Third Delegate's Meeting of the Worker's Party of Korea about the power...


Live Chat @derStandard.at

Due to the delegates meeting of the North Korean party on tuesday September 28th, Prof. Rüdiger Frank answered questions about North Korea...


LIVE Interview

According to Rudiger Frank, Professor of East Asian Economy and Society at Vienna University, it’s unlikely that Kim Jong-un will be announced at the...