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Edward Howell

Edward Howell

(BA, MPhil, DPhil)

Stipendiary Lecturer in Politics at New College
New College

Edward is a Stipendiary Lecturer in Politics at New College, University of Oxford. His research interests are focused on the politics and international relations of North Korea and the Korean Peninsula, with a particular interest in North Korean nuclear politics, inter-Korean, and DPRK-US relations. He is currently preparing research concerning North Korea’s engagement with the nuclear order into a monograph. A recent publication, ‘The juche H-bomb? North Korea, nuclear weapons and regime-state survival’ pioneered a new concept of “nuclear ideology”, and was published in International Affairs. Edward is a Contributing Writer for The Economist Intelligence Unit, specializing on North and South Korean politics, and frequently offers analysis for national and international media, including for The Spectator, BBC World News, The Telegraph, and specialist North Korean analysis outlet, NKNews.

Edward graduated with a prizewinning double First Class degree in Geography at Brasenose College, Oxford, followed by an MPhil in International Relations with Distinction. He was awarded the Deirdre and Paul Malone Prize for outstanding performance in the MPhil thesis and examinations. His DPhil research was centred on North Korea’s nuclear behaviour in international society. For more on Edward’s work, do visit his website and follow him on Twitter @TheEdwardHowell.   


Edward teaches the following papers as part of the Politics component of History & Politics and PPE degrees:

214 – International Relations (core)

213 – International Relations of the Cold War

227 – Politics in China

297 – Special Subject in Politics: International Security and Conflict


‘The juche H-bomb? North Korea, nuclear weapons and regime-state survival’ International Affairs, Vol. 96, No. 4, (July 2020), pp. 1051-1068

‘Book Review: Becoming Kim Jong Un: a former CIA officer's insights into North Korea's enigmatic young dictator’ International Affairs, Vol. 97, No. 1 (January 2021), pp.254-256


‘What’s going on with Covid in North Korea?BBC World Service Newshour, 30 June 2021 (radio interview)

‘North Korean TV makes rare comment on 'emaciated' Kim Jong-un's weight’ The Telegraph, 28 June 2021 (quoted)

‘The increasing cruelty of the North Korean regime’ The Spectator, 12 June 2021.

‘No matter what Biden does, North Korea will still accuse him of ‘hostile policy’ NKPro, 7 May 2021.  

‘North Korea defies coronavirus with huge military parade’ The Telegraph, 10 October 2020 (quoted)

What's the truth about coronavirus and North Korea? The Spectator, 4 June 2020.

Obstacles to North Korean denuclearisation remain formidable  South China Morning Post, 9 December 2018.

Why definitions will be crucial for North-South talksThe Interpreter: The Lowy Institute, April 19 2018