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Kwangmyongsong 3-2 and STSAT-2C: Revolutionary Speed and Capitalism, Reversed

By | March 09, 2013

It only takes a nuclear explosion to have most of us forgetting about the peninsula space race, but luckily it requires a good deal more than that to throw Robert Winstanley-Chesters off-message.

The Ecologic and the Politic, Nature and the Natural – A Virtual Symposium Exploring the North Korean Environmental

By | August 30, 2012

Robert Winstanley-Chesters lays down the gauntlet in a manifesto for a digital/virtual academic symposium focusing on the DPRK’s encounter with global and local environmental narratives.

Forests as Spaces of Revolution and Resistance : Thoughts on Arboreal Comradeship on a Divided Peninsula

By | June 28, 2012

Robert Winstanley-Chesters examines the comradely relationship between the realm of trees and the forest in the presentational and legitimative narratives of the DPRK.

Integrated Reed Farms and SEZ’s: Revolutionary Landscape meets Economic Urgency, The Case of Sindo County

By | June 20, 2012

How does the land near the new China-North Korea bridge near Sinuiju represent the North Korean drive to reclaim tidelands? Robert Winstanley-Chesters explains.

“The Korean People are doing their best to turn the country into a socialist fairyland”: Glory Reflected, The Emergent Environmental Strategies of Kim Jong Un

By | May 31, 2012

While North Korean media is lionizing Kim Jong-un as a conservationist, whether or not he is even remotely interested in environmental management issues remains unclear.

Hydrological Engineering,Coastal Land Reclamation and the Multifunctional Paradigm in the DPRK

By | May 06, 2012

As any student of ancient Chinese history can tell you, historically speaking, there is nothing more fundamental to political legitimacy in East Asia than the ability of a regime to harness, control, and regulate water both as agricultural resource and danger. In both guises — sustainer and potential destroyer — water politics appear repeatedly in […]

Trees and a Trinity: Environmental Narratives Revised at the Accession of Kim Jong-il

By | March 27, 2012

  “Trees and a Trinity: Environmental Narratives Revised at the Accession of Kim Jong-il” by Robert Winstanley-Chesters The shenanigans surrounding “the freeze/not the freeze” and controversy connected to the DPRK’s intention for a new satellite launch are an object lesson for anyone still sticking to the maxim of calling a spade, a spade. The DPRK, […]

Kim Jong Il Loved Nature, Nature Loves Kim Jong Un – Introducing ‘the Natural as Legitimator’ in DPRK Presentational Narratives

By | March 08, 2012

Kim Jong Il Loved Nature, Nature Loves Kim Jong Un – Introducing ‘the Natural as Legitimator’ in DPRK Presentational Narratives by Robert Winstanley-Chesters (Leeds University, UK / Environmental Analyst for SinoNK.com) It’s something of an understatement to assert that the rest of the world watches events in the DPRK with a sense of befuddled bemusement. […]