Pyongyang as a crossroads for Afro-Asian cooperation

TitlePyongyang as a crossroads for Afro-Asian cooperation
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2024
AuthorsT.A. van der Hoog
Secondary TitleIIAS newsletter
Date Published2024
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsAfrica, international relations, North Korea

Contrary to popular perceptions of North Korea as a hermit kingdom, its capital city used to be a hotspot for international travel. During the Cold War an eclectic mix of politicians, soldiers, journalists, and students travelled to Pyongyang for conferences, meetings, and training courses. Of particular importance was the stream of African visitors to North Korea, a largely overlooked but nonetheless important phenomenon in the history of the Global South. The connections that were forged between Africans and North Koreans were part of a larger framework of Afro-Asian cooperation that sought to change the global order. 


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