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Blood and Iron: Signs of Revival in DPRK-Russia Rail Trade

By | June 27, 2022

North Korea and Russia begin pushing for a return to pre-pandemic trade relations in a “new reality”.

38th by 41st: Echoes of the inter-Korean tech gap in Eastern Europe

By | June 22, 2022

A technological divide along 41st meridian east could echo the tech gap that runs along the 38th parallel.

Dealing with the Devil: A Progressive Korean View on Ending the War in Ukraine

By | June 08, 2022

Allowing a state divided by outside forces to remain should seem like anathema to the pro-unification inclinations of the Korean progressive left. Yet this is exactly the type of suggestion that appeared in an editorial in the Hankyoreh.

Brazil and Mexico’s Relations with North Korea

By | September 24, 2020

Sino-NK has looked at the roots of Brazil’s engagement with the Korean War armistice, with a nod to the 50,000 Koreans resident in the country. In this essay, Anthony Rinna looks back to 2017, when Brazil and Mexico showed a notable contrast in their approaches to the DPRK.

Power and the Periphery: The North Korea Factor in Sino-American Relations

By | July 09, 2020

North Korea is a constant feature, albeit an inconsistent one, in various aspects of China’s relations with the US. Anthony Rinna provides a reminder.

Six Hours to Midnight: GSOMIA and the US Indo-Pacific Strategy

By | November 25, 2019

South Korea’s narrowly-avoided decision to terminate GSOMIA underscores how the ROK’s defense priorities in Northeast Asia affect the US’s Indo-Pacific strategy as a whole.

Yongusil 96: Russia, South Korea and the New Northern Policy

By | July 01, 2019

It is common for Seoul to have a special program dedicated to solidifying economic ties with Russia. But as Anthony Rinna writes in a new paper for the Journal of Eurasian Studies, several factors are set to hinder success once again.

The ROK-US Alliance and Great Power Tensions

By | March 14, 2019

Anthony Rinna looks at the future for Seoul in a challenging century: reliant on China for its economic wellbeing and the US for its security, the DPRK may end up being the least of its problems.

Russia and Korean Security: The Views from Seoul and Tokyo

By | February 18, 2019

Anthony Rinna looks at how Seoul and Tokyo have been dealing with Russia in a world of neo-Cold War tensions between Moscow and Washington.