US-DPRK Relations

Sino-NK 2013 Rewind: Pop Politics and the Narrative of the Bizarre

By | December 20, 2013

Sherri L. Ter-Molen takes the “outside” tack on North Korean cultural production and media engagement in 2013. From Dennis Rodman to Jang Sung-taek via Angry Birds and the Samjiyon.

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.

A Roundtable Review of Charles Armstrong’s Tyranny of the Weak: North Korea and the World, 1950-1992

By | October 03, 2013

What does Sino-NK think about the history of the DPRK? Collect a myriad of opinions and perspectives in Sino-NK’s roundtable review of Charles Armstrong’s latest book, Tryanny of the Weak: North Korea and the World, 1950-1992. Introduction by Benjamin R. Young.

From Penn State to Pyongyang: The Trans-Pacific Political Geography of Grass

By | April 22, 2013

Robert Winstanley-Chesters raises the curious and symbolic topic of grass, drawing a line all the way from Penn State to the manicured lawns of North Korea.

The Art of Narrative Propulsion: North Korea’s “State of War,” and Conjuring Chinese Troops on the North Korean Frontier

By | April 06, 2013

Adam Cathcart takes apart North Korea’s March 30 “war declaration” and rumors of Chinese troop movements near the DPRK.

Billion Dollar Miscalculation: B-52s, Korea, and Missiles

By | March 24, 2013

SinoNK dismantles the signals being sent by a B-52 run over Korea, and describes why a move away from American conventional deterrence would be a net loss.

The Prisoner: Questioning the Kenneth Bae Narrative

By | March 23, 2013

Adam Cathcart translates an article from the France-North Korea Friendship Association that sheds new light on the case of an American who has been held in the DPRK since November 3, 2012.

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.