History, Smoke and Mirrors: Assessing North Korea’s Association for the Study of Human Rights

By | October 07, 2015

Can anything be learned from crawling through North Korea’s own report on its human rights situation and outlook? Adam Cathcart goes spelunking to find out.

From the Borderland to Beijing: Chinese Civilian Shot in Changbai

By | September 20, 2015

A number of incidents involving North Korean soldiers in the Sino-NK borderland have recently been reported in the South Korean and Chinese media. Christopher Green takes a closer look at one of them from the Korean perspective.

Yongusil 67: Footprints of the Dead and the Utility of Returns: Recent Works from the KEI Academic Paper Series

By | April 23, 2015

This Yongusil recounts the footsteps of Sino-NK contributors into Washington, DC, and the august academic paper and seminar series of the Korean Economic Institute.

Shin Dong-hyuk: Finally Poised For Effective Activism

By | March 23, 2015

Personal narratives are co-created by teller and receiver, and each is mutually responsible for the outcomes. According to Eric Foley, CEO of Voice of the Martyrs Korea, Shin Dong-hyuk’s extraordinary life story is like any co-created narrative, and only by taking a different stance toward it can we arrive at an honest accounting.

New Era, New Challenges: North Korea Analysis on Virgin Soil

By | September 29, 2014

We have more information now than ever before on the politics of the North Korean leadership. Using insights from the the politics of authoritarianism literature, this essay suggests the need for a robust framework of analysis to meet the challenges of the new era.

Defector Testimonies in a Polarized Society: From Implausible Story to Political Controversy

By and | October 15, 2013

Nothing looms larger in the rear view mirror of South Korea’s democratic legacy than the South Jeolla Province city of Gwangju and the events that took place there in May 1980. That same democratization narrative was again abused in May 2013, this time along with some defector testimony of a most curious disposition.

Yongusil 10: Adam Cathcart interviews Blaine Harden in the Yonsei Journal of International Studies: “In Need of an Icon” (full version)

By | October 12, 2013

Brutality and autocracy seem to build industries against themselves in our contemporary age. Here the Yongusil presents Adam Cathcart’s interesting and engaging interview with the author of a potentially iconic text, one which will frame North Korea and Kimism in the public mind for many years, Blaine Harden author of “Escape from Camp 14.”