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The Korea Now Podcast

Sep 4, 2019

This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Jeffrey Robertson. They speak about the North Korea Watcher community, what they do and how they operate, the various backgrounds from which people join this community, the differences and similarities that exist between Watchers, the nature of their research and the avenues that they use for publication, the developments that have impacted their research, the linguistic and informational challenges involved in studying a country like North Korea, and importantly the differences that have emerged between the English language North Korea Watcher community and the Korean language North Korea Watcher community.

Jeffrey Robertson is a Visiting fellow at the Asia–Pacific College of Diplomacy at the Australian National University and an Assistant Professor at Yonsei University in South Korea. He is the author of Diplomatic style and foreign policy: a case study of South Korea. His current research and upcoming book circle around an analysis of the North Korea Watcher community, and pertinent to this topic he is the author of: ‘Is Pyongyang Different in Washington and Seoul? English and Korean Language Policy Discourse on North Korea’ ( and ‘Watching the North Korea watchers’ (

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