Author Archive

Peacemaker or Political Hostage? Prospects for the Moscow-Busan “Iron Silk Road Express”

By | November 11, 2013

The promise of profit and increased political stability in Northeast Asia are attractive to Moscow and Seoul, but do the potential benefits of the “Iron Silk Road Express” outweigh the risks that come with investing in North Korea? Sabine van Ameijden evaluates.

China’s Evolving Relationship with North Korea: Talks at IISS and RUSI, London

By | July 31, 2013

The Chinese Communist Party finds itself vexed by North Korea. Two Sino-NK analysts delve into Beijing’s policy choices in presentations at premiere London think tanks.

Editor’s Note: Oxford-Seoul Nexus–Sino-NK at Engage Korea and Asan Plenum

By | June 12, 2013

Scholarship and debate are at the core of the Sino-NK enterprise. Sabine van Ameijden, the group’s Research Coordinator, brings out several abstracts given by our writers at recent conferences.

Beijing’s German Shepherd? Why China Will Not Abandon North Korea

By | March 16, 2013

In an op-ed for the NRC Handelsblad, analyst Sabine van Ameijden argues that North Korea is not a rogue state, but remains a faithful Chinese ally in the Asia-Pacific.

Hubs for Radical Change? North Korea’s SEZs under Kim Jong-un

By | January 11, 2013

How can we measure if the North Korean economy is undergoing reform? Watch the country’s six Special Economic Zones, via Sabine van Ameijden’s overview of SEZ change and stagnation.

Style or Substance? Kim Jong-un’s Personality Cult and Reform in North Korea

By | August 10, 2012

Sabine van Ameijden (Department of War Studies, King’s College, London) revisits the DPRK’s reforms of 2002, looks at Rason, and asks what standards need to be used to assess the depth of North Korean assertions of reform.

Revolution on the Margins? Surveying the Trade Environment in Rason

By | May 25, 2012

In a strongly-documented piece, Sabine van Ameijden assesses the risks inherent in any foreign investment in Rason, the special economic zone in the extreme northeastern corner of the DPRK.

Mahan Over the Tumen Delta: China’s Naval Ambitions for Rason

By | April 18, 2012

China’s role as a trading power along the North Korean frontier is already widely respected, but what about the PRC’s naval ambitions in North Korea? This essay looks at potential Chinese uses for the North Korean port of Rason.