North Korean Human Rights in the State of the Union

By | January 31, 2018

President Trump used his first State of the Union address to criticize North Korea for its human rights abuses. Trump’s framing contrasts sharply with the somewhat positive messaging coming from Seoul. Leif-Eric Easley compares and contrasts.

North and South Korea Are Talking: Keep Expectations Low

By | January 23, 2018

It should have surprised nobody that Pyongyang would seek to capitalize on South Korea’s desire to host a positive, peaceful and perhaps even profitable Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang next month. But how does the South Korean public feel about it?

A Roundtable Review of Hard Target: Sanctions, Inducements, and the Case of North Korea

By | January 15, 2018

In their new book, Hard Target, Stephan Haggard and Marcus Noland concentrate on the nature and underlying factors influencing the effectiveness of sanctions against North Korea; Sino-NK has concentrated on convening a roundtable to review it.

What Inspired DPRK Invective against China?

By | December 19, 2017

Amid new rumors of Chinese preparations for contingencies on the Korean peninsula and more sanctions enforcement, Chinese-North Korean relations seem likely to sour further. Adam Cathcart investigates a key example of North Korean public anger aimed at Beijing.

Moon’s Hedging Strategy: Foreign Policy in South Korea

By | December 18, 2017

Squeezed between Pyongyang’s nuclear trajectory, Trump and Abe’s enthusiastic pursuit of “maximum pressure,” and THAAD-induced bilateral stress emanating from Beijing, Moon Jae-in is attempting to protect not only the interests of the Republic of Korea, but also its place in the world.

Unveiling the North Korean Economy: A Roundtable Review

By | November 06, 2017

In this roundtable review, we take a magnifying glass to Unveiling the North Korean Economy by Kim Byung-yeon, to see whether the English language finally has the book on the North Korean economy that it needs.

A Roundtable Review of Dictators and their Secret Police: Coercive Institutions and State Violence

By | October 11, 2017

Sheena Greitens examines the ways coercion is employed in authoritarian regimes in her new book, adding theoretical and empirical insights to the literature on authoritarian regime durability. Sino-NK reviews her contribution.

The Rise of the Anonymous Writer: A Review of Kim Yu-kyung’s “Place of Human Desecration”

By | October 09, 2017

Where Deborah Smith’s translation of “The Accusation” opened up Bandi’s short stories for the English-speaking world, there are several novels by defector writers that are only in Korean. “Place of Human Desecration” is one. Robert Lauler reviews it.

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