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Report Release: “Cell Phones in North Korea” Now Available in Korean

The US-Korea Institute at SAIS and Voice of America announces the Korean translation of, “Cell Phones in North Korea: Has North Korea Entered the Telecommunications Revolution?” by Yonho Kim.

This report looks at the trends and implications of the cell phone boom in North Korea. His research examines such questions as: Who owns North Korean cell phones? How are cell phones obtained? How are subscriber plans set up? How are North Koreans using their cell phones? How have cell phones changed social norms?

Kim also delves deeper into the business side of the equation, examining Koryolink’s business structure in greater detail and what this really means for the Egyptian partner, Orascom, in terms of profitability and sustainability in North Korea.

Download the USKI-VOA report, “Cell Phones in North Korea: Has North Korea Entered the Telecommunications Revolution?” by Yonho Kim.

Korean translation below:

북한의 휴대전화 이용 실태: 북한의 통신혁명은 시작됐는가?

Seeking Part Time Communications/Media Relations Consultant

The U.S.-Korea Institute (USKI) at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Affairs is currently seeking a part-time communications consultant to help to help design and execute a targeted media relations strategy for key USKI programs and initiatives.

An ideal candidate should have some experience working media relations in the foreign policy field, preferably on national security and/or East Asia issues. S/he should have some established press contacts in both mainstream and foreign policy oriented media outlets. S/he should also have some knowledge base and/or keen interest in learning more about East Asia regional and alliance issues.

Duties for this position will vary and includes (but is not limited to):

  • Developing, managing and growing press lists for print, tv, radio and online media;
  • Writing press releases and media advisories, and developing communications strategies for both external and internal (within Johns Hopkins University affiliates) audiences;
  • Arranging monthly press events, as well as more targeted press outreach initiatives such as press calls and special events;
  • Tracking media/online coverage of USKI/USKI-related content, scholars and features;
  • Pitching exclusives and op-eds to mainstream and more specialized media outlets; and
  • Expansion of USKI and USKI program related social media presence.

This contract position is available immediately and funded through a two-year grant award. An ideal candidate will stay on through the full grant period, however, temporary contracts will be considered. Potential for contract extension or expansion to a full time position also exists.

For consideration, please send cover letter and resume to Jenny Town, USKI Assistant Director at