Author Archive

King, Wu, B-52: North Korea’s Rational Dis-invitation to the US Special Envoy on Human Rights

By | April 13, 2015

This piece of (recent) history by Morgan Potts explores the tensions of the 2013, when Robert King’s invitation to Pyonyang was rescinded, examining what could have been a turning point for US-DPRK relations that was lost amidst other diplomatic crises.

Tongsin no. 4: War Games and Sewol Sinking

By | June 19, 2014

The latest Tongsin for March–May 2014 examines the DPRK response to US-ROK war games and the Sewol disaster, in which the North attempts to illustrate a united Sino-DPRK perspective that is both anti-American and anti-South Korean.

Tongsin no. 03

By | March 14, 2014

The latest Tongsin | 통신 for February 2014 examines the North Korean narrative surrounding the US-ROK war games, which positions the North as a cooperative actor seeking engagement and stability in the face of destructive “confrontation rackets” in the South.

Tongsin no. 02

By | February 10, 2014

Tongsin | 통신 offers source data on Rodong Sinmun and the KCNA’s narratives regarding China. The latest Tongsin | 통신 examines the position of China in the DPRK-ROK dispute over impending military exercises and possible reunification.

Introducing Tongsin | 통신

By | January 24, 2014

Introducing Tongsin | 통신: data and analysis of the North Korean state media reports on the subject of China. This debut issue examines the North Korean emphasis on an independent and growing DPRK economy in the months preceding the Jang Song-taek purge.

Is North Korea a Rational Actor? The Wrong and Right Questions to Ask

By | December 05, 2013

Is North Korea “Bad or Mad?” In her critique of the securitization paradigm, Morgan Potts claims this is the wrong questions to ask. She suggests different, more empathetic questions that aim at “knowing” rather than “othering.”