Author Archive

Yongusil 24: “Pockets of Efficiency,” Taking a Developmental Approach to North Korea

By | January 17, 2014

Two intriguing Sino-NK related articles on North Korean developmental approach post-Jang have appeared in the venerable BAKS Papers. While one focuses on “pockets of efficiency” and the other on futurological possibility, both are fascinating.

Special Economic Zones after the Purge

By | December 30, 2013

A Sino-NK trio translates an early PRC response to the Jang Sung-taek purge, revealing data about the new Onsung Special Economic Zone and the desire of both sides to retain a veneer of normalcy in the Chinese-North Korean trade relationship.

Kim Jong-un within Songun Legacy Politics

By | December 20, 2013

In part three of an AKS-funded series, Sino-NK describes why a speech in August 2013 forcefully indicated Kim Jong-un’s fixation with Songun politics, the implications of which Jang Sung-taek learned the hard way.

A Roundtable Review of Dr. Suzy Kim’s Everyday Life in the North Korean Revolution, 1945–1950

By | December 17, 2013

In this roundtable review of Suzy Kim’s Everyday Life in the North Korean Revolution, 1945–1950, Sino-NK contributors weigh the new stories told about North Korea against the author’s distinctive theoretical outlook. Introduction by Darcie Draudt.

Yongusil 21: North Korean Review on the Unhasu Orchestra in Paris and the AP in Pyongyang

By | December 13, 2013

The Unhasu Orchestra has disappeared from North Korean cultural life. Adam Cathcart and Steven Denney explore that orchestra’s role (and that of the AP) in diplomacy within North Korea’s political repertoire, in a newly-published scholarly article for the North Korean Review.

The Value of Pro Forma Ideology: Kim Jong-un as Songun Exponent

By | December 08, 2013

In part two of an expansive funded research project, Sino-NK continues its look into the ideological framework of North Korean statecraft. This part also includes an extensive introduction on the relationship between ideology and lived reality.

Kim Jong-un and the Songun Retrenchment: A Quintessential Equation

By | November 30, 2013

Sino-NK is a 2013-2014 grantee of the Seoul-based Academy of Korean Studies. In this, the first part of an expansive funded research project, the research team looks at the ideological framework of North Korean statecraft: Songun.

Yongusil 19: Gleason, Draudt, and Denney and “New World Disorder” at the Asan Institute

By | November 25, 2013

Yongusil 19 looks back to the first half of 2013 and Brian Gleason, Darcie Draudt and Steven Denneys’ appearance at the ASAN Plenum, rising star of the ROK’s think tank ecosystem.