US-DPRK Relations

From Penn State to Pyongyang: The Trans-Pacific Political Geography of Grass

By | April 22, 2013

Robert Winstanley-Chesters raises the curious and symbolic topic of grass, drawing a line all the way from Penn State to the manicured lawns of North Korea.

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.

Billion Dollar Miscalculation: B-52s, Korea, and Missiles

By | March 24, 2013

SinoNK dismantles the signals being sent by a B-52 run over Korea, and describes why a move away from American conventional deterrence would be a net loss.

The Prisoner: Questioning the Kenneth Bae Narrative

By | March 23, 2013

Adam Cathcart translates an article from the France-North Korea Friendship Association that sheds new light on the case of an American who has been held in the DPRK since November 3, 2012.

China and UN Security Council Resolution 2094: Is the Third Time the Charm?

By | March 11, 2013

Is China’s support for enhanced sanctions a fulcrum toward the future, or just repetition on an old theme? Nathan Beauchamp-Mustafaga talks it out.

Atomic Aftermath: An Op-Ed Glossary

By | February 18, 2013

Adam Cathcart and Mycal Ford take on a slew of op-eds, half-truths, and brilliant assertions in a creative A-Z glossary of post-nuclear news and opinion.

When the Bomb Goes Boom: Gauging China’s Policy Responses

By | February 13, 2013

We have been tracking likely Chinese reactions to a North Korean test for the past two months. We capture official and un-official reactions. How were our predictions? Pretty good.

Red Box, Blue Box, Green Box: Arguing against Institutional Pluralism

By | February 08, 2013

Christopher Green examines the durability, and the deficiencies, of the “post-totalitarian” thesis for the DPRK, and furthers the quest for a developmental understanding of North Korea.

Smoke Bombs and Tunnels: Chinese Experts Probe North Korea’s Nuclear Intentions

By | February 05, 2013

A vigorous roundtable discussion with pro-DPRK, pro-China and international views sheds light on China’s thinking toward a third North Korean nuclear test. An exclusive SinoNK translation.

Forecasting Breakthrough in DPRK-Japan Relations: Zhang Liangui

By | January 23, 2013

One heavyweight Chinese commentator predicts an extraordinary reversal of fortune for North Korea-Japan relations in 2013. Translation from the Chinese by Nathan Beauchamp-Mustafaga.

Cooling the Nuclear Hotspot: Advocating a PRC Nuclear Umbrella for North Korea

By | January 16, 2013

If China can provide a reliable nuclear umbrella, will “relevant countries” abandon their nuclear plans? On the brink of a third DPRK nuclear test, a Chinese analyst puts forth a solution.