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All Eyes on North Korea: Excavating Twitter Responses to North Korea

By | August 08, 2013

In the new age of academia, 140-characters can drive discourse, argues Mycal Ford in a piece about the scholarly dialogue on North Korea taking place on Twitter. In this essay, Ford mines the Twitter feeds of five high profile North Korea-watchers.

Rhetorical Arsenal or Honest Rapprochement: China’s Taiwan Policy and Korean Reunification

By | May 27, 2013

Writing from Kaohsiong, Mycal Ford examines the complications and lessons of Taiwan-mainland ties for Korean reunification.

Knives, Lassoes, and Accordions: A Chinese Traditionalist View of the Korean Peninsula

By | April 27, 2013

Ding Gang’s recent skepticism about American intentions around the Korean peninsula is the subject of a short investigation by Mycal Ford.

Ambiguous Chinese Political Discourse: North Korea’s Capricious Behavior

By | April 11, 2013

A leading editorial in Huanqiu Shibao argues that China needs to “enhance its resilience” with regard to North Korea. Mycal Ford translates excerpts and notes the dangers of “doublespeak.”

The Amulet: Chinese Justification for North Korea’s Nuclear Ambitions

By | April 01, 2013

Mycal Ford parses an op-ed indicating reservoirs of support in the PRC establishment for North Korea’s formula of economic development via nuclear weapons.

North Korea’s Taiwan Option: Exploring Two Deals

By | March 18, 2013

SinoNK’s correspondent in Kaohsiung, Mycal Ford, looks at a surreptitious visit by a DPRK official to Taiwan, and a contentious agreement between North Korea and Taiwan to handle nuclear waste.

Game of Battleships: A Commentary on the History and Future of the Northern Limit Line Disputes

By | October 13, 2012

Mycal Ford surveys the turbulent waters around the disputed Northern Limit Line, probing for contemporary and historical clues about the possibility for renewed inter-Korean hostility.