North Korean Markets and the High Seas: A Review of Justin Hastings’ “A Most Enterprising Country”
Is North Korea ready to radically expand its interactions with the international trading system? According to one scholar, it already has.
North Korean Citizens in Changbai: Social Insurance, Residency Rights, and Chinese Informants
Local Chinese governments are making changes in the way they deal with some undocumented North Korean residents in their border communities. Adam Cathcart investigates.
SEZ Revival Tour? Kim Jong-un in Dandong
Coverage of Kim Jong-un’s first diplomatic outing of 2019 yields little information on who Kim met in Dandong en route for Beijing. Since the border city is where the rubber of bilateral policy meets the road, it deserves more attention. Adam Cathcart does the honors.
Ending the Korean War: Donald Trump as Ex-President
Adam Cathcart looks at the end of the Korean War and its resonance today from an American perspective. Cathcart argues that Trump is in many respects in Korea acting more like an ex-President than a conventional, active one.
From New York to Dandong: Maximum Pressure
Digging into sources outside the Anglosphere, Adam Cathcart finds that developments along the border and further into the interior of both China and North Korea indicate any American desire to maintain economic pressure on the DPRK will be difficult, if not impossible.
Yongusil 94: Decoding the Sino-North Korean Borderlands
Sino-NK senior editors are excited to announce we have been working with Amsterdam University Press on an edited volume dealing with the issues and contradictions of the PRC-DPRK border. Our aim is to bring migration and economic issues into holistic dialogue. Here, we briefly introduce the project.
What Inspired DPRK Invective against China?
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.
Right of Reply: Kim Jong-un’s Rejoinder to American Threats at the UN General Assembly
Pushing back against an over-reliance on personalist explanations for international conflict, Adam Cathcart retreats into history and some speculation.
Chinese Discourse on the New North Korea Sanctions
How have Chinese officials and periodicals been discussing trade with and sanctions on North Korea? Adam Cathcart investigates.