Yongusil 46: Exit, Voice, and Plurality in Leiden

By | September 21, 2014

Last week, seven elite exiles from North Korea made a splash at Leiden University in the Netherlands, delivering a damning indictment of the role of the Party Organization and Guidance Department in the country’s extensive system of repression. Sino-NK was there en masse.

Russo-Chinese Relations, US-ROK War Games, and the Facade of a United Sino-DPRK Perspective: Tongsin no. 5

By | September 21, 2014

While outsiders highlighted fracture and disunity in the China-DPRK relationship, the North Koreans largely portrayed an image of synchronized attitudes. This issue of Tongsin looks at North Korean views of increasingly close Russo-Chinese relations, military exercises, and more.

Constitutionalism and the Liberal Party Under Siege: #Shigak no. 12

By | September 18, 2014

In the political realm, South Korea is never a dull place. This issue of Shigak highlights some of the more noteworthy stories and reports on South Korea for the first half of September.

Yongusil 45: PRC Power Consolidation, the Korean War, and the “Cold Front” of Historical Research in Hong Kong

By | September 18, 2014

In a conference which took place on September 15-16 at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, an array of new scholarship was presented which indicated the scope and depth of the Chinese Communist Party’s power consolidation during the Korean War. Sino-NK’s own Adam Cathcart presented his work alongside several up-and-coming students and established scholars.

Svoliking in the High Grass: New Approaches to Understanding Authoritarian Regimes

By | September 17, 2014

Steven Denney reviews a few key works on “the politics of authoritarianism,” providing researchers with multiple comparative frameworks for understanding North Korea as authoritarian regime.

Yongusil 44: Engaging DPRK at Harvard University

By | September 17, 2014

Several Sino-NK staff played important roles at this engagement-focussed conference in Boston, which also included contributions from Scott Snyder, Bradley Babson, and Fredrick Carriere.

Spaces of Leisure: A North Korean (Pre-) History

By | September 13, 2014

In the first of three essays, Robert Winstanley-Chesters analyzes the disconnect between North Korea’s revolutionary culture and the existence of consumption space, uncovering a pre-history of leisure and entertainment in North Korea.

Political Deadlock in the ROK: #Shigak no. 11

By | September 04, 2014

Despite the demand for a special investigation, the ruling and opposition parties have yet to find enough common ground to put the Sewol special bill to a vote. This topic and more are explored in the latest issue of Shigak.

Chinese Media on Trilateral Espionage Tangle in Dandong

By | September 03, 2014

Is the case being brought against two Canadian entrepreneurs in the border city of Dandong about North Korean missionary activity, or a larger conflict between China and its other North American rival?