Economic Reform

The Amulet: Chinese Justification for North Korea’s Nuclear Ambitions

By | April 01, 2013

Mycal Ford parses an op-ed indicating reservoirs of support in the PRC establishment for North Korea’s formula of economic development via nuclear weapons.

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.

North Korea’s Reform Straitjacket: Impossible Choices for Kim Jong-un & Co.

By | January 31, 2013

The quotidian matters, argues London School of Economics graduate Alexander James. His trifurcated sociological approach suggets that both those in positions of power and ordinary folk haven’t so much “freedom to choose.”

Hubs for Radical Change? North Korea’s SEZs under Kim Jong-un

By | January 11, 2013

How can we measure if the North Korean economy is undergoing reform? Watch the country’s six Special Economic Zones, via Sabine van Ameijden’s overview of SEZ change and stagnation.

Seven Fingers: China’s New Leadership and North Korea Policy

By | December 29, 2012

China’s policy toward North Korea is set for further evolution. Will the DPRK benefit from having old friends in the Politburo in Beijing? Read the extended version of SinoNK’s PacNet and South China Morning Post essays here.

Considering a Reset of China’s ‘Special Relationship’ with North Korea: Huffington Post Live

By | December 19, 2012

What is the broader outlook for China’s relationship with North Korea in the aftermath of the DPRK’s missile test? SinoNK joins a conversation with the Huffington Post.

Barriers to Entry: Cellular Telephony in the Digital DPRK

By | November 25, 2012

Daily NK international editor Christopher Green analyzes the multiple logistical barriers for a North Korean who wants a cell phone.

Tango in Dandong, Liaoning Dirge: Dualities of Sino-North Korean Trade

By | October 17, 2012

As the unprecedentedly large China-DPRK expo winds down in Dandong, the Chinese media reports continuation of a spat between North Korea and a jilted Chinese investor. An exclusive SinoNK translation and analysis.