Author Archive

Yongusil 89: One River, Three States in Asian Perspective Special Issue

By | December 19, 2016

This autumn saw the journal Asian Perspective bring together five authors for a transnational investigation of issues confronting the DPRK-PRC-Russia border region. The journal special issue was guided by guest editor Park Hyun-gwi of Cambridge University. Anthony Rinna takes a look inside.

From One Leader to Another, by Way of a Third: Putin’s Gift to Park Geun-hye

By | September 27, 2016

Vladimir Putin recently gave a piece of calligraphy by former President Park Chung-hee to Park’s daughter, incumbent ROK President Park Geun-hye. Returning with a new Jangmadang, Anthony Rinna looks at the protagonist and his gift through the lens of the Russian media.

Pyongyang on the Neva: A North Korean Defection in Russia

By | September 12, 2016

Global reports imply a spate of intriguing North Korean defections in recent weeks and months. In one instance, a trade representative fled (or so it is said) for Belarus. Taking the Russian media as his evidence, Anthony Rinna investigates.

Same Problem, Different Angles: Japan and South Korea’s Divergent Approaches to Cooperation with Russia

By | June 06, 2016

Russia’s comparatively hardline approach to North Korea in 2016 serves to highlight the generally pragmatic nature of interstate relations in Northeast Asia, argues Tony Rinna, Sino-NK’s Russia and Eurasia Analyst.

North Korea-Russia Defense Relations: Drivers and Developments

By | March 02, 2016

Despite Russia’s domestic turmoil — economic, political, and otherwise — relations with the DPRK are as good as they’ve been in recent history. In his latest essay as Sino-NK’s Russia and Eurasia Analyst, Anthony Rinna sketches out the contours of current Russia-North Korea relations.

Go East, Young Man! DPRK Seeks Russian Tourists Leery of the Middle East

By | February 19, 2016

Amidst the nuclear explosions and industrial complex shutdowns, it is easy to forget that some institutions in the DPRK are actually trying to attract people from abroad, not push them away. Russia and Eurasia Analyst Anthony Rinna returns with a timely translation from the original Russian.

Ulan Bator’s Small Country Diplomacy: The Case of North Korea

By | June 22, 2015

The larger powers in East and Northeast Asia have done little to mitigate Pyongyang’s pursuit of weaponry or to dampen its supposed desire to unify the peninsula under the Kimist banner. Now, an important key to resolving the North Korean crisis may rest in an unlikely source: Mongolia. Anthony Rinna explores.

Business Council Giving Practical Form to Russia-DPRK Ties?

By | February 01, 2015

How can North Korea-Russian business ties be strengthened? One possible way: with a transnational business council. Anthony Rinna considers plans for a North Korea-Russia business council in this translation.