01.06.2018
 

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...

29.05.2018
 

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...

08.05.2018
 

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...

27.04.2018
 

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'.

27.04.2018
 

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'.

26.04.2018
 

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'.

23.04.2018
 

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...

21.04.2018
 

'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...

21.04.2018
 

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.

09.04.2018
 

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...

12.03.2018
 

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.

08.03.2018
 

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...

23.02.2018
 

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

12.02.2018
 

DAS! with Prof. Rüdiger Frank

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

06.02.2018
 

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...

10.01.2018
 

"Tauwetter in Korea?"

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

09.01.2018
 

"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...

09.01.2018
 

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.

03.01.2018
 

Self-Confidence after a Tough Year

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

01.12.2017
 

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

29.11.2017
 

"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...

10.11.2017
 

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,...

19.09.2017
 

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

05.09.2017
 

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...

04.09.2017
 

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...

01.09.2017
 

"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.

14.07.2017
 

"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.

10.07.2017
 

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...

23.06.2017
 

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...

05.06.2017
 

"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.

10.05.2017
 

Tagesschau24: Nordkorea am Ende?

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

28.04.2017
 

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.

27.04.2017
 

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...

26.04.2017
 

"North Korea is Willing to Talk!"

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

07.04.2017
 

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...

07.03.2017
 

"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...

23.02.2017
 

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.

09.12.2016
 

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.

30.09.2016
 

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.

06.06.2016
 

Guest Comment in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung by Prof. Frank

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

11.04.2016
 

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

16.03.2016
 

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

14.03.2016
 

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

15.02.2016
 

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

12.11.2015
 

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 -...

23.10.2015
 

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...

15.04.2015
 

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

03.04.2015
 

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...

05.02.2015
 

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...

13.12.2014
 

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

11.12.2014
 

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...

10.12.2014
 

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.

08.12.2014
 

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"

01.12.2014
 

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

29.11.2014
 

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"

25.11.2014
 

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".

20.11.2014
 

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>

13.11.2014
 

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

05.11.2014
 

Radio Interview with Prof. Frank

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

03.11.2014
 

n-tv interview with Prof. Frank

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

13.10.2014
 

"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...

30.09.2014
 

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

31.07.2014
 

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.

01.07.2014
 

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.

02.06.2014
 

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...

02.06.2014
 

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

09.05.2014
 

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

24.04.2014
 

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

15.04.2014
 

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

15.04.2014
 

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

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

21.03.2014
 

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...

01.01.2014
 

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...

20.12.2013
 

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...

26.11.2013
 

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

14.10.2013
 

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

04.10.2013
 

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...

16.07.2013
 

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.

11.06.2013
 

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.

08.04.2013
 

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.

04.04.2013
 

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.

03.04.2013
 

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).

13.03.2013
 

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

11.03.2013
 

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).

22.02.2013
 

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.

13.02.2013
 

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).

11.02.2013
 

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.

31.01.2013
 

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.

07.01.2013
 

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...

13.12.2012
 

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.

28.11.2012
 

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.

05.11.2012
 

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,...

01.11.2012
 

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,...

03.10.2012
 

Academic Analysis

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

18.09.2012
 

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.

21.06.2012
 

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

13.06.2012
 

Academic Analysis

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

15.05.2012
 

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...

12.03.2012
 

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...

09.03.2012
 

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

16.02.2012
 

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...

13.02.2012
 

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...

12.01.2012
 

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,...

09.01.2012
 

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...

12.09.2011
 

Academic Analysis

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

26.08.2011
 

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.

19.08.2011
 

Live-Interview for Russia Today Television

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

03.08.2011
 

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.

02.08.2011
 

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.

29.07.2011
 

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...

22.07.2011
 

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.

12.07.2011
 

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...

23.06.2011
 

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.

22.03.2011
 

Libyan Lessons for North Korea

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

09.12.2010
 

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.

26.11.2010
 

Commentary

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

03.11.2010
 

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.

06.10.2010
 

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...

24.09.2010
 

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...

09.09.2010
 

LIVE Interview

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