Economics

Yongusil 96: Russia, South Korea and the New Northern Policy

By | July 01, 2019

It is common for Seoul to have a special program dedicated to solidifying economic ties with Russia. But as Anthony Rinna writes in a new paper for the Journal of Eurasian Studies, several factors are set to hinder success once again.

Law, Order, and Heroin in Dandong

By | May 20, 2019

The border city of Dandong maintains an important position for the Chinese Communist Party in its relations with the Kim Jong-un regime. Adam Cathcart investigates the latest sources.

North Korean Markets and the High Seas: A Review of Justin Hastings’ “A Most Enterprising Country”

By | February 25, 2019

Is North Korea ready to radically expand its interactions with the international trading system? According to one scholar, it already has.

From New York to Dandong: Maximum Pressure

By | July 23, 2018

Digging into sources outside the Anglosphere, Adam Cathcart finds that developments along the border and further into the interior of both China and North Korea indicate any American desire to maintain economic pressure on the DPRK will be difficult, if not impossible.

Symbol and Substance: China’s Scramble for Influence in the Korean Peace Process

By | May 30, 2018

Chinese pressure on North Korea during 2017 served to accelerate declining relations between the two. Now, with peace ostensibly looming, China wants to reverse course. Tom Fowdy looks at the challenges faced.

Korean Reunification: Unlikely Despite Olympic Thaw

By | March 06, 2018

A lecturer in Finance and Economics at Dongbei University, Tom Eck is skeptical about the inter-Korean thaw of early 2018 for several reasons. Drawing on the German example and public opinion data from the 2017 Unification Perception Survey, he explains why.

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.

The Short Arm of the Law: Sanctions and North Korean Laborers in Russia

By | September 28, 2017

Anthony Rinna examines the stark reality that it is not clear who is available to replace exports of North Korean labor in Russia, making it hard to imagine the Russian government weaning itself off them.