Trump Meets Kim in Singapore

President Donald Trump will meet Marshal Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 12. We are looking forward to hosting a viewing party of this event on June 12 and a discussion of North Korea's economic policies and evolution over the last decade of our work prior to the date. We hope both sides manage to compromise to create a breakthrough in their relations. We also salute Moon Jae In's skillful diplomacy in creating this moment.

In praise of...the Pyongyang Hotel

In praise of...the Pyongyang Hotel

Most tourists may stay in the Yanggakdo, set Alcatraz-like on an island in the Taedong river; others in the glitzy terracotta Koryo with its twin towers and revolving restaurant, a few stragglers end up further afield in the Sosan.  But for us, a group of international experts coming to this city for trainings and life-marveling, the Pyongyang is enough to leave us nostalgic.

New Sanctions, New Startups: How Choson Exchange Made A Difference in 2017

New Sanctions, New Startups: How Choson Exchange Made A Difference in 2017

While rockets got bigger and sanctions became tougher in 2017, an enthusiastic group of local frontier entrepreneurs continued launching startups that make life better for people in the DPRK. Our latest Annual Report describes the challenges we faced and progress we made in one of the most difficult geopolitical environments in the world.

Pyeongchang Politics Part II: Ivanka Visits and US-NK Talks

Pyeongchang Politics Part II: Ivanka Visits and US-NK Talks

We mentioned previously that North Korea is likely to send a high level delegation to South Korea for the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Depending on how talks went during the opening ceremony and in the interim, we could see either public shunning by the United States of the North Korea delegation or on the other extreme, a public gesture between Ivanka Trump and the North Koreans.As North Korea is still unlikely to contemplate denuclearization, it seems that the negotiation continues. Some things to note in the run-up to the closing and at the closing:

Magic Calendar & Empire Of Longevity: Startup Pitches from North Korea

Magic Calendar & Empire Of Longevity: Startup Pitches from North Korea

Teaching startup skills and business knowledge to the frontier entrepreneurs of North Korea is often one of the most amazing things our volunteers have done. The recent Pyongsong Startup Bootcamp was particularly interesting: Instead of just telling us about their ideas, North Korean participants presented working prototypes and products they had already launched, looking for advice on how to improve their offerings.