North Korea-Russia Defense Relations: Drivers and Developments

By | March 02, 2016

Despite Russia’s domestic turmoil — economic, political, and otherwise — relations with the DPRK are as good as they’ve been in recent history. In his latest essay as Sino-NK’s Russia and Eurasia Analyst, Anthony Rinna sketches out the contours of current Russia-North Korea relations.

Hard Times for Expat South Koreans in Dandong

By | March 01, 2016

A reporter travels to the border city of Dandong, and finds a number of despondent Korean traders with on-the-ground insights into China’s new sanctions on North Korea.

That Which Divides Us: Filibusters, Security Bills, and the NIS

By | February 26, 2016

This week, the Minjoo Party used a parliamentary veto — the filibuster — to stall voting on a controversial anti-terrorism bill. Steven Denney examines the process by which the bill was nearly brought to a vote, and looks at polling data on what people thought of the opposition tactic.

Rumblings from Dandong: Banks and Bayonets

By | February 24, 2016

To understand politics in East Asia it is vital to keep a close eye on events in state capitols. However, it is also necessary to know what is going on at ground level – in Rason, Yanji, Hyesan, Ji’an, Sinuiju, Jilin, and of course right here in Dandong.

Yongusil 82: Not So Hellish After All

By | February 24, 2016

Courting the French audience, Steven Denney published an article in the journal Korea Analysis about popular memes used to express a sense of political and socioeconomic frustration in South Korea. Here we recap his findings.

Wang Haiyun and China’s North Korean Contingency Scenarios

By | February 23, 2016

An op-ed by a retired PLA General in Shanghai urges preparation for all-out war around Korea. What signals does this send? Also, reflections on Xi Jinping’s heavy hand and the North Korea discourse.

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