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A Roundtable Review of Van Jackson’s Rival Reputations: Coercion and Credibility in U.S.-North Korea Relations

By | June 19, 2017

Adam Mount (Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress), Daniel Pinkston (Troy University), and Martin Weiser (graduate of Korea University) provide different evaluations of Van Jackson’s analysis of the history of the US-North Korea relationship in his newly published book, Rival Reputations: Coercion and Credibility in U.S.-North Korea Relations.

Conditions for Dialogue: #Shigak no. 45

By | June 16, 2017

This installment of #Shigak looks at the conditions set by President Moon for the resumption of North-South dialogue during a recent speech to commemorate the 17th anniversary of the North-South Joint Declaration, recent North Korean defections, and the ongoing legislative battle over Moon’s nominee to lead the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

All Politics Is Local: #Shigak no. 44

By | June 09, 2017

This edition of #Shigak explores the link between national political concerns and their local implications. It looks at an industrial area in the southwest of South Korea, which fell foul of a bilateral spat over THAAD, and the difficulty of getting the National Assembly to confirm ministerial appointees. We also update the ongoing debate over THAAD and the variables driving the conservation domestically.

Change and Continuity: #Shigak no. 43

By | June 02, 2017

This issue of #Shigak looks at change and continuity under the new Moon government: a new vision for the country’s spy agency and a commitment to the installation of THAAD, the anti-missile defense system, despite controversy.

No Kettles, Just Cuddles: #Shigak no. 42

By | May 26, 2017

In this edition of #Shigak, we look at a week of rapid-fire personnel picks, with women making notable inroads in the ministries of Foreign Affairs and Veterans and Patriots Affairs. We’ve also got news of amended policing tactics, and the rise of diplomats in the Blue House national security sphere.

Do Not Swear by the Moon: #Shigak no. 41

By | May 17, 2017

The election may be over, but #Shigak is not. In the first installment following Moon Jae-in’s election, we review new political developments, including the new administration’s reaction to North Korea’s latest missile test, profiles of those constituting the new administration, and the return of “March of the Beloved” to official status.

D-Day: #Shigak no. 40

By | May 09, 2017

Election day has arrived, the culmination of just two months of intense politics. As promised, Sino-NK published brand new #Shigak analyses three times a week between April 2 and today. And here is our final pre-election offering.

The Home Stretch: #Shigak no. 39

By | May 06, 2017

The South Korean presidential election may be mere days away, but it continues to throw up some fascinating stories. We look at some of the best in this, the penultimate pre-election edition of #Shigak.