Diplomacy

A Pragmatic Approach to Collapsing the Regime: A Critique

By | July 15, 2014

In a June 16 op-ed in the New York Times, Sue Mi Terry promoted expediting the end of the North Korean regime. The piece energized analyst Michael Bassett to respond.

Ma Won-chun: Senior Kim Aide Appears in Beijing

By | June 27, 2014

Ma Won-chun has been climbing the ranks in Pyongyang’s power circles and is clearly a key cog in the wheel of the Supreme Leader. So what was he doing at a library in Beijing two weeks ago? This article has been amended.

Tuning Out Beijing’s Six-Party Drumbeat: Wu Dawei in Pyongyang

By | April 01, 2014

What has Chinese diplomacy on the North Korean nuclear issue accomplished recently? Not a great deal, to put it mildly. Damning demonstration by Chief Editor Adam Cathcart.

“Tag X” and the German Leg of the Park-Kim Summit Question

By | March 27, 2014

Leveraging her strong public image overseas, President Park Geun-hye is currently in Europe. She gave a well-received address to the Nuclear Security Summit in the Netherlands, and then moved on to Germany. In the midst of a packed German agenda, she gave this interview to journalist Philipp Abresch.

Is North Korea a Rational Actor? The Wrong and Right Questions to Ask

By | December 05, 2013

Is North Korea “Bad or Mad?” In her critique of the securitization paradigm, Morgan Potts claims this is the wrong questions to ask. She suggests different, more empathetic questions that aim at “knowing” rather than “othering.”

Parallel Visions: On the Origins of the Byungjin Line and Persistence of Richard Nixon

By | July 17, 2013

The new North Korean “Byungjin line” may be a more astute, historically-oriented and politically nuanced policy platform than it is given credit for. What this means for people hunting for the next Deng Xiaoping is an open question. Chief Editor Adam Cathcart explains.

North Korea’s Taiwan Option: Exploring Two Deals

By | March 18, 2013

SinoNK’s correspondent in Kaohsiung, Mycal Ford, looks at a surreptitious visit by a DPRK official to Taiwan, and a contentious agreement between North Korea and Taiwan to handle nuclear waste.

China and UN Security Council Resolution 2094: Is the Third Time the Charm?

By | March 11, 2013

Is China’s support for enhanced sanctions a fulcrum toward the future, or just repetition on an old theme? Nathan Beauchamp-Mustafaga talks it out.