In unconsolidated democracies with weak party institutions, charismatic political figures have a disproportionately higher level of influence compared to consolidated democracies. Ahn Cheol-soo is one such figure. Steven Denney explains.
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?
The Art of Narrative Propulsion: North Korea’s “State of War,” and Conjuring Chinese Troops on the North Korean Frontier
Adam Cathcart takes apart North Korea’s March 30 “war declaration” and rumors of Chinese troop movements near the DPRK.
In the first of his exclusive occasional posts for SinoNK, Professor Andrei Lankov of Kookmin University in Seoul explains how the North Korean revolution was both imposed by the USSR and supported by a substantial proportion of the North Korean people.
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.
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.
North Korean state media tries to smooth over recent controversies with a “Hail Mary” approach to Chinese mining firms. Analysis by Cathcart/Cavazos and SinoNK in Chengdu.
As a companion to Eunsil Esther Park’s special review of Moon Chung-in’s latest book, SinoNK editors Christopher Green and Steven Denney give their own critical take on Moon’s spirited defense of the sunshine policy.