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Lord of the East: Putin’s Pivot to the Pacific and Its Implications for North Korea

By | June 12, 2012

http://bestrxpills24honline.com/buy-cialis-daily-online/ Lord of the East: Putin’s Pivot to the Pacific and Its Implications for North Korea by Scott Bruce The Wild, Wild East | The Russian Far East (RFE) has always had a complicated relationship with the federal government. The government in Moscow has worked to prevent the far-east from distancing itself from the federal government, […]

Caveat Emptor: Mineral Development, Sanctions, and North Korea

By | May 13, 2012

Caveat Emptor: Mineral Development, Sanctions, and North Korea by Scott Bruce The most recent round of UNSC sanctions on North Korea targeted three entities involved in missile trade with Iran. One of these companies, the Green Pine Associated Corporation, is also heavily involved in North Korea’s mineral expert business, having taken over much of the […]

Parsing PRC and DPRK Foreign Ministry Statements on Satellite Launches

By | April 05, 2012

China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Foreign Ministry/MFA/外交部) dominates a corner of the Chaoyang district; its grey girth looms not far at all from the DPRK Embassy. While the MFA is not the driving Chinese institution in relations with North Korea, it does play a key role in articulating China’s public concerns about the alliance; the […]

Generational Change in China and North Korea

By | March 13, 2012

Generational Change in China and North Korea by Scott Bruce 2012 is a year of political transition in North-East Asia. Russia and Taiwan have both had recent elections, South Korea will have both a parliamentary and a presidential election this year, in April and December respectively, and the political environment in Japan remains fluid. With […]

“Friendship Prices”: Understanding Chinese-North Korean Energy Trade

By | February 22, 2012

The deepening of ties between China and other parts of the developing world in recent years has been met a great deal of hyperbole. Just as many onlookers describe China’s growing stake in Africa as “neo-colonial” (charges described and refuted in North Korean media) Chinese investments in the DPRK have also accrued a predatory stigma. But as […]

Space is a Common Wealth: North Korea, China, and the Peaceful Development of Outer Space

By | February 08, 2012

Historical turning points are notoriously difficult to discern, but when future historians are looking for inflection points in the narrative of how military technology shaped the struggle for post-Cold War Korea, 2011-2012 should indeed merit mention. On May 11, 2011, the KCNA asserted an American drone intrusion over the Sino-North Korean border, and did so, significantly, by voicing the Chinese […]