Yongusil 17: One Dream, Three Nations: Adam Cathcart on “Double Defectors” at the 2013 Korea-UK Forum on the Peaceful Unification of Korea

By | November 17, 2013

Following ROK President Park Geun-hye’s succesful and unifying visit to London and Buckingham Palace, our Editor in Chief Adam Cathcart appears in London at the 2013 Korea-UK Forum on the Peaceful Unification of the Korean Peninsula.

Double Defectors: Signifiers of Pyongyang’s Strategic Shift

By | December 06, 2012

Are these people spies? Genuine defectors fooled into returning? Or defectors making a rational choice based on their experiences of discrimination in the Republic of Korea? Brian Gleason investigates.

Defectors, Nukes, Unification, and the Jang Song-taek Effect: Zhang Liangui Interview

By | April 24, 2014

One of China’s top DPRK experts opens up about his personal experiences with repatriating North Korean defectors, thoughts about nuclear war, Korean reunification, and the impact of Chinese public opinion on the CCP’s North Korea policy. Emile Dirks translates.

Press Conference as Discursive Battleground: Pyongyang’s Evolving “Double Defector” Propaganda

By | June 09, 2013

As the case of the “Laos Nine” reverberates, Brian Gleason examines the motivations and tactics behind Pyongyang’s recent move to place “redefectors” front and center in the public discourse within North Korea itself in the second installment of a two-part series.

Overwhelmed by Guilt: Pyongyang’s Evolving “Double Defector” Propaganda

By | May 25, 2013

Brian Gleason shows how instances of double defections are being slyly used by the North Korean regime for propagandistic effect.

Beautiful Defectors, Part II. Everyday Fashion as Political: Blending into the South Korean Middle Class

By | August 10, 2012

Darcie Draudt and Brian Gleason dig deeper into the issue of identity as revealed in a new South Korean variety show that stars female North Korean defectors.

North Korean Orphans and Refugees in Laos: Symptom of a Larger Problem

By | June 19, 2013

Nick Miller, whose interests, like those of the DPRK itself, span the borderlands and beyond, looks at DPRK-Laos relations and the case of nine young defectors sent back from whence they came.

Dual Perspective: Reading Thae Yong-ho

By | August 15, 2018

Thae Yong-ho’s memoir marks a bold attempt to push back the tide of South Korean public ambivalence toward North Korea, a sprawling 500-page narrative of his experiences in the DPRK diplomatic corps over twenty years and ending with his 2016 defection. Robert Lauler takes a look at this essential, if flawed, text.