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Liuya Zhang

PhD Student
Ohio State University

Liuya Zhang is a Ph.D student in International Relations and Methodology at the Political Science department of Ohio State University. She is interested in international political economy and foreign policy, particularly in East Asia. Liuya also specializes in North Korea nuclear issues. She got her B.A. from Fudan University, majoring in Korean Language and Literature and Master of Area Studies (East Asia) from Seoul National University and Master of International Affairs from UC San Diego.

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In the last two posts, we have provided data on the share of military personnel in the Politburo and analyzed in more detail the diversity of military backgrounds, some tied to the weapons program, but others linked more clearly to the military-industrial complex, technology and internal security. Here, we consider several intepretations of these developments,…

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Region: Asia

September 15, 2021

In a previous post, we provided data on the shifting composition of the Politburo, based on a classification of personnel into six different career paths: military, diplomatic, party, state, economic and provincial. We showed that since the failed Hanoi summit of 2018, the share of military personnel has returned to levels not seen since the…

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Region: Asia

September 13, 2021

One prominent strand of North Korea watching takes the form of tracking individual personnel movements: the ups and downs associated with retirements, purges and the promotion of new favorites. Yet there is persistent doubt about whether these movements are really consequential, particularly in a highly personalist political system. We can get a somewhat more rounded…

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Region: Asia

September 8, 2021