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Yongusil 101: South Korea between Russia-US Great Power Tensions

By | October 30, 2020

South Korea does not face the same vulnerability toward Russia that it does toward China, but this in no way means South Korean foreign policy will go completely unaffected by the Russia-US rivalry.

Yongusil 100: Mongolia and the Korean Security Crisis

By | June 29, 2020

The key factor in the success or failure of Mongolia’s Korea strategy is the extent to which others value Ulaanbaatar’s neutrality. As Anthony Rinna writes in his latest publication, the task for Ulaanbaatar is to maintain its relevance.

Yongusil 99: The DPRK Nuclear Crisis and Moscow’s Pivot Toward Beijing

By | April 06, 2020

Struggling to stay relevant at the Korean security crisis’s crowded negotiation table, the Russian Federation is undoubtedly among the least influential players in efforts to get the DPRK to disarm. Even within Russian foreign policy itself, the Korean Peninsula is not as important for Moscow as other sub-regions along the Russian periphery. This may seem […]

Yongusil 98: Moscow and the Dilemma of Regional Development versus North Korea Sanctions

By | September 30, 2019

Russia’s North Korea policy involves a trade-off: refusal to support UN sanctions hurts Russia internationally, but supporting sanctions damages growth prospects in the country’s easternmost regions. Anthony Rinna covers this dilemma in Asian Studies International Review.

Yongusil 97: On the Academic Misconduct of Charles Armstrong, and Sino-NK’s 2013 Roundtable

By | September 25, 2019

With the field of Korean Studies (hopefully) chastened by the exposure of Charles Armstrong’s misconduct, Sino-NK reflects on the case and our role in it.

New Values and Old Orders: Where do North Koreans Fit in the New South Korea?

By | May 14, 2019

A new report by Steven Denney, Christopher Green, and Peter Ward explores native South Koreans’ attitudes towards defector-migrants and other prospective immigrants. A launch event with Leiden Asia Centre follows on Thursday 16 May.

Reading North Korea by Chosun: A Roundtable Review

By | June 11, 2018

The study of North Korea, much like the country itself, is neither static or unchanging. Sino-NK reviews a recent addition to the canon: Kim Byeongro’s “Reading North Korea by Chosun” (2016).

A Roundtable Review of Hard Target: Sanctions, Inducements, and the Case of North Korea

By | January 15, 2018

In their new book, Hard Target, Stephan Haggard and Marcus Noland concentrate on the nature and underlying factors influencing the effectiveness of sanctions against North Korea; Sino-NK has concentrated on convening a roundtable to review it.

Unveiling the North Korean Economy: A Roundtable Review

By | November 06, 2017

In this roundtable review, we take a magnifying glass to Unveiling the North Korean Economy by Kim Byung-yeon, to see whether the English language finally has the book on the North Korean economy that it needs.

A Roundtable Review of Dictators and their Secret Police: Coercive Institutions and State Violence

By | October 11, 2017

Sheena Greitens examines the ways coercion is employed in authoritarian regimes in her new book, adding theoretical and empirical insights to the literature on authoritarian regime durability. Sino-NK reviews her contribution.

Trade Wars and Hot Wars: #Shigak no. 51

By | August 08, 2017

This installment of #Shigak explores the two most popular political stories from the conservative and progressive Twittersphere between July 28 and August 4. For the right, that means the reappointment of a former trade minister to his old post, while the left homes in on some comments about the possibility of war on the Korean peninsula.