North Korea in the World is a joint pilot project of the East-West Center and the National Committee on North Korea. It was created to provide researchers, policymakers, journalists, and the general public with easily-accessible information on the external diplomatic and economic relations of North Korea (formally known as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, or DPRK). The project aims to collect data from across a wide variety of sources, and to provide context to help its users better understand this data.
The North Korea in the World database will be updated as new information becomes available, and will periodically incorporate new features and datasets. We encourage readers with any questions or comments on the project to contact us with their inquiries.
Please note that any territorial delineations on the maps on this website are for reference purposes only, and should not be construed as endorsements of any territorial claims.
The East-West Center (EWC) is an independent, public, nonprofit educational and public diplomacy organization, which promotes better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific through cooperative study, research, and dialogue. Established by the US Congress in 1960, the Center serves as a resource for information and analysis on critical issues of common concern, bringing people together to exchange views, build expertise, and develop policy options. The Center’s Washington, DC office focuses on preparing the United States for an era of growing Asia Pacific prominence. More about the East West Center in Washington.
The National Committee on North Korea (NCNK) is a non-governmental organization of persons with significant and diverse expertise related to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. NCNK and its members support principled engagement with North Korea as a means to promote peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and to improve the lives of the people of North Korea. NCNK also works to provide policymakers, the academic and think tank community, and the general public with substantive and balanced information about developments in North Korea. NCNK is an independent program of Mercy Corps, a global aid and development organization. More about the National Committee on North Korea.