Environmental Issues

Treasured Swords: Environment under the Byungjin Line

By | June 03, 2013

Rarely do all three leaders of the Kim dynasty go on the public record about a single policy issue, and this makes inter-generational analysis of policy tropes a thorny proposition. However, we now have access to major treatizes on land management theory from the 1960s, 1980s and 2010s. Naturally, Robert Winstanley-Chesters has them lined up for comparison.

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.

New Year…New (Table)Land? A Televized Address and the Curious Case of Sepho

By | March 31, 2013

Robert Winstanley-Chesters returns with a fresh opening salvo, piercing the DPRK’s mélange of environmental narratives and revealing Sepho tableland, the one that really matters.

Kwangmyongsong 3-2 and STSAT-2C: Revolutionary Speed and Capitalism, Reversed

By | March 09, 2013

It only takes a nuclear explosion to have most of us forgetting about the peninsula space race, but luckily it requires a good deal more than that to throw Robert Winstanley-Chesters off-message.

From Doha to Pyongyang: DPRK Progress and Development within the UNFCCC Framework

By | January 13, 2013

Robert Winstanley-Chesters wonders how much money the DPRK can make from carbon credits, and concludes that the answer is “not much.” At least, not yet.

The Passing of Kim Jong-il (2): A Trans-Peninsular Environmental Meditation

By | December 17, 2012

How better to commemorate the passing of a vilified dictator than with a mournful meditation on the lack of dialectical approaches to the environment in the DPRK?

Kwangmyŏngsŏng-3 and Beyond – Narrative and Legitimative Power of the DPRK in the Space Race

By | December 14, 2012

If you had just put a satellite into space, what would you do with it? Channeling Sputnik and ignoring the geopolitical furore completely, Robert Winstanley-Chesters contemplates.

In One Trench: Parsing Iran’s Tech Agreement with the DPRK

By | October 17, 2012

Brian Gleason delves into the recent technology agreements entered into between Iran and North Korea. Roger Cavazos aids in introducing the first of Gleason’s posts that deal with this emerging “axis of information” and high tech.

North Korea, Climate Mitigation and the Global Commons

By | September 08, 2012

What convergence exists between climate change and regime stability in DPRK? Dr. Benjamin Habib explores North Korea’s outlook on carbon credits and international climate conventions.