Neglected Voices: The Forgotten Psychological Effects of Korean War Bombings

By | February 19, 2021

An exploration of the difficulty of excavating civilian voices from the carnage of the Korean War.

Yongusil 101: South Korea between Russia-US Great Power Tensions

By | October 30, 2020

South Korea does not face the same vulnerability toward Russia that it does toward China, but this in no way means South Korean foreign policy will go completely unaffected by the Russia-US rivalry.

Brazil and Mexico’s Relations with North Korea

By | September 24, 2020

Sino-NK has looked at the roots of Brazil’s engagement with the Korean War armistice, with a nod to the 50,000 Koreans resident in the country. In this essay, Anthony Rinna looks back to 2017, when Brazil and Mexico showed a notable contrast in their approaches to the DPRK.

Power and the Periphery: The North Korea Factor in Sino-American Relations

By | July 09, 2020

North Korea is a constant feature, albeit an inconsistent one, in various aspects of China’s relations with the US. Anthony Rinna provides a reminder.

Yongusil 100: Mongolia and the Korean Security Crisis

By | June 29, 2020

The key factor in the success or failure of Mongolia’s Korea strategy is the extent to which others value Ulaanbaatar’s neutrality. As Anthony Rinna writes in his latest publication, the task for Ulaanbaatar is to maintain its relevance.

The Manchurian Myth: History and Power in North Korea

By and | June 17, 2020

As the smoke clears from Kaesong and succession talk swirls around Kim Yo-jong, Sino-NK revisits one of the key foundations of North Korean history education.

Chinese Doctors and North Korea: Reviewing the Pattern

By | April 27, 2020

A Reuters report on Chinese doctors treating North Korean leader Kim Jong-un spurs Adam Cathcart to deeper investigation of party-to-party medical relations.

Yongusil 99: The DPRK Nuclear Crisis and Moscow’s Pivot Toward Beijing

By | April 06, 2020

Struggling to stay relevant at the Korean security crisis’s crowded negotiation table, the Russian Federation is undoubtedly among the least influential players in efforts to get the DPRK to disarm. Even within Russian foreign policy itself, the Korean Peninsula is not as important for Moscow as other sub-regions along the Russian periphery. This may seem […]

COVID-19 in North Korea: A Mirror into the Soul of the South

By | March 19, 2020

An outbreak of COVID-19 in North Korea may, indeed, become the ending point of greater cooperation between the two Koreas for the time being, but the two Koreas were arguably never really that close in the first place. Robert Lauler explains.

Change and Continuity in North Korean Foreign Policy at the Dawn of the Millennium

By | March 10, 2020

Sino-NK’s Yujin Lim bridges the language barrier to provide insight into the view from Seoul over North Korean foreign policy at the turn of the millennium.

Six Hours to Midnight: GSOMIA and the US Indo-Pacific Strategy

By | November 25, 2019

South Korea’s narrowly-avoided decision to terminate GSOMIA underscores how the ROK’s defense priorities in Northeast Asia affect the US’s Indo-Pacific strategy as a whole.