Calm in the Storm: The Korean Perspective on Russian Default

By | June 28, 2022

South Korea’s economic titans seemingly unfazed by news of Russia’s debt default.

Blood and Iron: Signs of Revival in DPRK-Russia Rail Trade

By | June 27, 2022

North Korea and Russia begin pushing for a return to pre-pandemic trade relations in a “new reality”.

38th by 41st: Echoes of the inter-Korean tech gap in Eastern Europe

By | June 22, 2022

A technological divide along 41st meridian east could echo the tech gap that runs along the 38th parallel.

Trade Tremors and Citizen Controls in Dandong

By | June 19, 2022

Parts of China’s main hub for trade with North Korea remain locked down. Sino-NK takes a look at some of the recent data.

Discovering Patriotic History near China’s Korean Border

By | June 17, 2022

What happens when the CCP locates debris from the World War II era in China’s northeastern border region? Patriotic education and reflections on a useable past.

Narcotics, Smuggling and Sex: Perspectives of Empire in Japan’s East Asian Conquests, 1932-1945, Part One

By | June 12, 2022

Empires are often described in grand and abstract terms, but they are also an everyday phenomenon, where the authority of the colonizing state is impressed upon its subjects in myriad ways. Here, Jessica Pitcher examines the role of sex trafficking in the everyday conception of the Japanese empire in Korea.

Dealing with the Devil: A Progressive Korean View on Ending the War in Ukraine

By | June 08, 2022

Allowing a state divided by outside forces to remain should seem like anathema to the pro-unification inclinations of the Korean progressive left. Yet this is exactly the type of suggestion that appeared in an editorial in the Hankyoreh.

Mirage of Peace: Trump, China, and Kim Jong-un

By | May 30, 2022

As the Biden administration mulls its approach to North Korea, we reconsider the Trump era “maximum pressure” policy within the context of Sino-North Korean relations.

Review: Mirrorlands: Russia, China, and Journeys In Between by Ed Pulford

By | May 12, 2022

Across the length and breadth of the Sino-Russian border, Ed Pulford discusses continuity and change in this oft-overlooked corner of the world, providing insight on the state of relations between these two countries in years -past and decades to come.