Archive for April, 2012:

Building a “North Korean Hong Kong”: Tang Longwen on the Sinuiju SEZs

By | April 29, 2012

Along with analyst Alan Ferrie, experts Stephan Haggard and Marcus Noland have been keeping us up to date on what has been happening — or not happening — in the new Special Economic Zones near Sinuiju. However, it never hurts to get another Chinese point of view on these matters, especially when that point […]

Kim Jong Suk and the Search for a Usable Past

By | April 28, 2012

Kim Jong Suk and the Search for a Usable Past by Adam Cathcart In a long and bruising essay published last month, the historian Benjamin Korn rendered a fascinating verdict on countries that would look away from the awful truth of their collective past: To look away is a kingly art. Louis the Fourteenth mastered […]

Jersey on the Taedong: Pedagogical Resources for Robert Egan’s “Eating with the Enemy”

By | April 28, 2012

Jersey on the Taedong: Pedagogical Resources for Robert Egan’s “Eating with the Enemy” by Adam Cathcart As apparently noxious as US-North Korea relations are at present, it is worth noting that efforts for cultural exchange never stopped in 2012 and may be primed to expand [1]. An American men’s chorus performed at the far-reaching April […]

A Progressive Perspective: Moon Chung-in on North Korea

By | April 26, 2012

What do progressive-liberals think is the best way to deal with North Korea? What do they make of previous administrations’ efforts to engage Pyongyang? In 2012, Steven Denney and Brian Gleason interviewed progressive bulwark Prof. Moon Chung-in.

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, we  endeavor to document the historical connections between the Chinese Communist Party and North Korea, as […]

Cleaning the House Before Inviting Guests In: Events and Developments in April and Beyond

By | April 25, 2012

Editors on the Move // On Friday, April 27,’s chief editor, Adam Cathcart, will be speaking at Leiden University: Managing Editor Charles Kraus presented research from the same co-authored project at Johns Hopkins University SAIS on April 6, 2012. Assistant Editor Steven Denney will be attending the 2012 Asan Plenum from April 25-27 at […]

NSA on the Edge: Gen. Kim Won Hong and the National Security Agency’s Rise to Prominence on the Frontier

By | April 24, 2012

Anyone who has wandered around the city of Berlin in a long twilight or early morning could tell you that borders have meaning, and that severe dangers accrue to those who have, under the wrong circumstances, attempted to breach them. The Sino-Korean frontier is not the site of an iconic wall, nor is it precisely […]

16 Wheels of Controversy: April Parade Repercussions

By | April 22, 2012

The Sino-NK editorial team is presently like you, dear reader, in that it has been trying to keep up with the torrent of recent news surrounding China’s relations with North Korea.  But chronicling possible pivot points in more or less “real time” is not without its hazards, and pivot points can always lacerate the analyst.  […]