Yongusil 48: Korean Studies Graduate Conference 2014 at St. Petersburg State University

By | October 11, 2014

Korean scholarship on the banks of the Neva river has been ongoing for the best part of 150 years, and the Korean Studies Graduate Students Convention in Europe 2015 sought to continue the tradition. This Yongusil explores the exceptional contributions from Jerome de Wit, Andrew Jackson and others.

“New Politics,” Just like the Old? #Shigak no. 13

By | October 10, 2014

The latest issue of #Shigak covers a handful of the most pressing issues in South Korea for the latter half of September, including more rumblings in the progressive camp and what people think of Ahn Cheol-soo’s sudden departure from the political scene.

North Korean Scholars and Koguryo: How to Reignite a Historical Controversy on Chinese National Day

By | October 03, 2014

With a host of signs popping up that ties between Beijing and Pyongyang are poor, and a few that suggest the opposite, Adam Cathcart looks at how the North Korean government is currently brandishing an unmistakable totem of clashing nationalisms.

Purges, Promotions, and Foreign Policy: Lessons from Kim Il-Sung

By | October 01, 2014

Using recent power shuffles in the Pyongyang security elite as a backdrop, this essay investigates the peculiar roots and practices of North Korean purges.

German Shepherds and German Musical Politics in North Korea

By | October 01, 2014

Among the elite music academies of Pyongyang, performances take place of German symphonic literature and avant-garde contemporary music; our editor-in-chief assesses the scene.

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.