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Surfing in on the Russian Gravy Train

By | February 10, 2014

On February 10, KBS broadcasted an exclusive interview with the executive director of POSCO Corporate Strategic Planning Dept. I, Jeon Woo-sik, during which Jeon gave on overview of a forthcoming port inspection at Rajin by three major Korean firms. Christopher Green translates.

Kimism’s Great Christmas Power Grab

By | February 07, 2014

When the Kim regime arrested, tried and swiftly executed Jang Sung-taek in December 2013, it was implementing the ancient maxim about the relative power of regents and monarchs, and following the ruthless logic of autocracy everywhere. Machiavelli would not have been in the least bit surprised by the death, as Christopher Green investigates in another of his columns for Groove Korea.

Never on the Verge of War: The Birth of the Young Man Doctrine

By | January 18, 2014

“North Korea is not one man, and Kim Jong-un, while one man, is not North Korea,” argues Christopher Green in a monthly column for Groove Korea, a Seoul-based magazine aimed at the country’s burgeoning community of English-speaking expats.

Hong, Jang, and the Mysterious Railroad Deal

By | December 12, 2013

A South Korean lawmaker reports that North Korea and China concluded an agreement on a high-speed rail link from Kaesong to Beijing on the very day that Jang Sung-taek was arrested. Christopher Green investigates.

Economic Development on the KCNA Track

By | November 26, 2013

It barely made a splash back home, but a recent SPA decree establishing economic development zones nationwide attracted great international attention. Should it have been so? Chosun Ilbo takes a firm stance, and Christopher Green watches on.

The Controversies of Jongpyeon World

By | November 19, 2013

South Korea appears to have a rich and varied mediasphere. However, over the last two years there has been conflict over the role of “jongpyeon” media companies TV Chosun, Channel-A, JTBC and MBN. The connection to inter-Korean relations is worth noting. Christopher Green explains.

The “Myth” of the Kill, Kill, Kill Chain

By | October 27, 2013

One of the most common South Korean military buzzwords of recent months is “Kill Chain.” It sounds scary and pregnant with deterrence capability, but does it work? Hankyoreh and Professor Choi Jong-kun of Yonsei University think not. Christopher Green summarizes the argument.