Archive for December, 2012:

Seven Fingers: China’s New Leadership and North Korea Policy

By | December 29, 2012

China’s policy toward North Korea is set for further evolution. Will the DPRK benefit from having old friends in the Politburo in Beijing? Read the extended version of SinoNK’s PacNet and South China Morning Post essays here.

Orbiting Untruths, Ignoring Ideology: Looking Back and Re-Learning

By | December 20, 2012

Who is more likely to be telling the truth, the North Korean state news agency or a top regime insider? Christopher Green answers.

A Party-Centered Defense of Park Geun-hye’s Election and a Primer on Government-Media Relations

By | December 20, 2012

Steven Denney investigates the twin peaks of the South Korean media in a country that has yet to fully institutionalize democracy.

Considering a Reset of China’s ‘Special Relationship’ with North Korea: Huffington Post Live

By | December 19, 2012

What is the broader outlook for China’s relationship with North Korea in the aftermath of the DPRK’s missile test? SinoNK joins a conversation with the Huffington Post.

Fruits of 1913: South Korea Goes to the Polls

By | December 18, 2012

In this brief election day video, Assistant Editor Christopher Green explains the three different election-outcome scenarios, based on percentage of voter turnout, against the backdrop of exhortations to vote by three South Korean newspapers.

Red Glare: Chinese Responses to the DPRK’s Launch

By | December 18, 2012

Chinese-language responses to the North Korean missile launch were protean; our team of Cathcart/Cavazos/Beauchamp summarizes 21 such stories, with graphics galore.

The Passing of Kim Jong-il (2): A Trans-Peninsular Environmental Meditation

By | December 17, 2012

How better to commemorate the passing of a vilified dictator than with a mournful meditation on the lack of dialectical approaches to the environment in the DPRK?

The Passing of Kim Jong-il: North Korea Still Mired in “Charismatic Politics”

By | December 17, 2012

Charisma is hard to obtain and harder to retain. It is also ephemeral. Kim Jong-un wants it, has some, but needs more. Roger Cavazos starts watching the sky in the first of our anniversary extravaganza.