Posts Tagged ‘North Korean factionalism’

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.

The Significance of the Unusual: Removing “Reformist” Illusions in Reading North Korean Media

By | June 29, 2013

Shirley Lee arrives with a unique reading of Kim Jong-un and Pak Pong-ju’s visits to non-military sites in the DPRK, warning that they have very little to do with ostensible reforms.

The Kim Han-Sol Interview: Connecting the Dots

By | November 03, 2012

In the second part of the “SinoNK Han-sol Interview Debate,” Roger Cavazos presents his interpretation of the Kim Han-sol interview, providing readers with an alternative perspective on the young man’s words.

The Fall of a Man: The Rise of a Marshal

By | July 30, 2012

Nick Miller touches on Ri Yong-ho’s “illness” and looks at a rash of “car accidents” in and around Pyongyang.

Between Yan’an and Pyongyang: The Case of Choe Chang-Ik

By | April 25, 2012

In navigating what is often a purposefully non-transparent alliance, history can be a useful guide to understanding the mechanics of the relationship between China and North Korea, and in some cases, the complex feelings of obligation and betrayal. At SinoNK.com, we  endeavor to document the historical connections between the Chinese Communist Party and North Korea, as […]