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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.

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.

Poor Professors, State Corruption, and the Entrepreneurial Spirit Within the North Korean Economy

By | August 23, 2012

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.

Torture and “Public Security”: Kim Young-hwan’s Captivity and Sino-ROK Relations

By | August 01, 2012

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 | May 20, 2012

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 […]

The DPRK Endures International Heat and a Cold November: Human Rights Issues in Sino-NK Dossier #3

By | May 17, 2012

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.