DPRK-ROK Relations

Communist Normalcy: How Authoritarian Leaders Disappear and Return

By | October 21, 2014

Kim Jong-un has now made a handful of public appearances since ending his 40+ days out of the public eye, and it appears clear that the young leader’s health was a major cause of his absence. This came as no surprise to analyst Nick Miller.

Yongusil 37: Bordering, Re-bordering, and Un-bordering the Korean Peninsula in Karelia

By | June 10, 2014

Borderlands, a spatial element of the modern nation-state era, is a subject of great intellectual significance. Deep in Karelia the Association of Borderland Studies is holding its first ever World Conference. Naturally, Sino-NK is there examining Sino-DPRK-ROK relations in the borderlands frame.

Surfing in on the Russian Gravy Train

By | February 10, 2014

On February 10, KBS broadcasted an exclusive interview with the executive director of POSCO Corporate Strategic Planning Dept. I, Jeon Woo-sik, during which Jeon gave on overview of a forthcoming port inspection at Rajin by three major Korean firms. Christopher Green translates.

Forget about the “Trustpolitik,” Let’s Talk Won

By | November 07, 2013

Trust can come in many forms, but in Korea there is a serious lack of it. According to Professor Jin Jingyi of Peking University, the key is to transit away from futile attempts to foster political trust, and onto an “economics-first,” or “trusteconomik” if you prefer, approach. Steven Denney explains.

“Unification Aesthetics:” A Review of Lee Si-Woo’s Life on the Edge of the DMZ

By | November 06, 2013

Can the desolation of the North-South border region be understood as a “huge canvas for a meditation on life itself?” Adam Cathcart explores the relationship between the human condition and the peninsula-as-environment in this review of Lee Si-Woo’s Life on the Edge of the DMZ.

A Roundtable Review of Charles Armstrong’s Tyranny of the Weak: North Korea and the World, 1950-1992 (updated)

By | October 03, 2013

What does Sino-NK think about the history of the DPRK? Collect a myriad of opinions and perspectives in Sino-NK’s roundtable review of Charles Armstrong’s latest book, Tryanny of the Weak: North Korea and the World, 1950-1992. Introduction by Benjamin R. Young.

The Loved Republic: South Koreans and the Trusted State

By | April 26, 2013

Steven Denney returns with a blog about one Korean nation with two Korean states, and responds to a disputed question: which state is the most loved?