Known Knowns, Known Unknowns and Unknown Unknowns, Rumsfeldian cliché or truism for North Korean analysis. Following the thickets of the 1st World Congress on North Korean Studies perhaps it is time to just start knowing.
Byul Ryan-im, Sino-NK’s Junior Fellow for 2013-2014, temporarily relinquishes the Admiralty barricades for a discussion with Justice Michael Kirby.
Launches of new Korean Studies institutions and academic programs in the United Kingdom are an extremely rare event. Sino-NK marks the arrival of the University of Central Lancashire’s Institute of Korean Studies, under the guidance of Professor Hazel Smith.
Kim Jong-un has now made a handful of public appearances since ending his 40+ days out of the public eye, and it appears clear that the young leader’s health was a major cause of his absence. This came as no surprise to analyst Nick Miller.
This issue of #Shigak recaps a host of “meetings” in the first half month of October, including the high-level chats between North and South Korean officials during the Asian Games and Saenuri Chair Kim Moon-sung’s pan-Chinese tête-à-tête.
Norwegian artist Morten Traavik’s cultural engagement with North Korean, which includes plans to establish an art institute in Pyongyang, has provoked the ire of at least one German journalist. Adam Cathcart recaps and analyzes an interview with Travvik in the Suddeutsche Zeitung.