Boondoggle on the Yalu: China’s Useless New Bridge to North Korea

By | November 03, 2014

A huge new piece of bilateral infrastructure on the Sino-North Korean frontier is to remain unopened for the foreseeable future. Sino-NK provides Chinese context to the news.

Yongusil 52: Afterlives and Critical Histories at the University of Toronto

By | November 03, 2014

“The Afterlives of the Korean War,” a symposium hosted by the Centre for the Study of Korea at the University of Toronto, hosted a number of scholars whose work falls outside the normal remit of scholarship on the Korean War and its consequences. Steven Denney writes about the significance of alternative perspectives.

Yongusil 51: WCNKS, Seoul–Thinking, Remembering, Forgetting… Dreaming

By | October 31, 2014

Known Knowns, Known Unknowns and Unknown Unknowns, Rumsfeldian cliché or truism for North Korean analysis. Following the thickets of the 1st World Congress on North Korean Studies perhaps it is time to just start knowing.

Yongusil 50: A Cause for Optimism–Michael Kirby in Hong Kong

By | October 26, 2014

Byul Ryan-im, Sino-NK’s Junior Fellow for 2013-2014, temporarily relinquishes the Admiralty barricades for a discussion with Justice Michael Kirby.

Yongusil 49: Korean Nexus at the University of Central Lancashire

By | October 25, 2014

Launches of new Korean Studies institutions and academic programs in the United Kingdom are an extremely rare event. Sino-NK marks the arrival of the University of Central Lancashire’s Institute of Korean Studies, under the guidance of Professor Hazel Smith.

Communist Normalcy: How Authoritarian Leaders Disappear and Return

By | October 21, 2014

Kim Jong-un has now made a handful of public appearances since ending his 40+ days out of the public eye, and it appears clear that the young leader’s health was a major cause of his absence. This came as no surprise to analyst Nick Miller.