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.
Brian Gleason shows how instances of double defections are being slyly used by the North Korean regime for propagandistic effect.
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.
At ASAN, Brian Gleason channels testimony from Kim Heung Kwang, a former professor in North Korea and current head of North Korea Intellectual Solidarity, and discussion of state corruption in the DPRK.
Brian Gleason deconstructs the case of one man whose treatment in captivity in Dandong dwells in an unpleasant recess in the façade of Sino-North Korean security cooperation. Intro by Adam Cathcart.
Delegations Galore: Signs of a Continuing Rift in Sino-NK Relations by Brian Gleason Although China and North Korea have maintained strong bilateral ties for decades, North Korea’s relentless pursuit of nuclear weapons, advanced missile systems and “satellite launches” has continued to take its toll on the relationship. In the aftermath of North Korea’s failed rocket […]
In March 2012, Chinese media appeared to conclusively break the dam when it comes to open acknowledgement of the problem of North Korean refugees in China. Brian Gleason previews and contextualizes tensions which emerged on the refugee issue last fall.