DPRK-ROK Relations

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

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?

Groundhog Day: the Armistice Agreement in Historical Context

By | April 12, 2013

Nick Miller provides some historical context to the announcement that North Korea has scrapped the armistice agreement, in addition to examining China’s response to the recent threats of provocation coming from Pyongyang.

The Art of Narrative Propulsion: North Korea’s “State of War,” and Conjuring Chinese Troops on the North Korean Frontier

By | April 06, 2013

Adam Cathcart takes apart North Korea’s March 30 “war declaration” and rumors of Chinese troop movements near the DPRK.