Inter-Korean Relations

The Public Sphere in South Korea: Kim Young-hwan on the National Security Act

By | September 26, 2012

Amplifying and analyzing critiques of South Korea made by human rights activist Kim Young-hwan at a Yonsei talk, Steven Denney takes on B.R. Myers and the history of the ROK.

Returning Cranes to North Korea: Eleana Kim on the Grus japonensis

By | September 01, 2012

Dr. Eleana Kim describes the interplay of the migratory and endangered Red-crowned crane, Grus Japonais, with peninsular tensions and the agricultural and aid politics of the DPRK.

Assimilation from the Other Side: Looking at North Korean Resettlement in the ROK

By | July 10, 2012

Readers who were living in “West Germany” one day and then just “Germany” the next will be familiar with the dizzying array of new dynamics and inter-Korean interactions envisioned in a united Korea. If the limited sample size of North Koreans living in South Korea today is any indication, language will again be a thorny […]

One Ocean, Two Systems : Drills in the Yellow Sea and China’s Maritime Outlook

By | July 06, 2012

For the first time, Korean, Japanese and U.S. Forces conducted a tri-lateral exercise in the Yellow Sea.  China released a carefully worded statement emphasizing that the exercises took place “beyond the territorial waters of any country.”  Those seven words are critical to China and to Chinese claims to disputed waters in Southeast Asia.  They also […]

A Divided Korea Does Not Mean a Dangerous Korea

By | June 23, 2012

A Divided Korea Does Not Mean a Dangerous Korea by Nicolas Levi Introduction | After and even during its recent and extended rhetorical fusillade at Seoul,  North Korea has been stepping up its calls for peace with South Korea in a style common to the past. Pyongyang’s dialogue is coming in spite of escalating tensions […]

Yonsei Journal of International Studies, Volume 4, Issue I: Good Reads in the “Age of the Pivot”

By | June 23, 2012

During the spring season just passed, our team at SinoNK was actively engaged in the preparation of various documents pertinent to the past, present, and future of Northeast Asia.  Today, Steven Denney, our perspicacious Assistant Editor in Seoul, has made available for SinoNK readers an edifying selection of digital copies from the latest issue of […]

The DPRK Endures International Heat and a Cold November: Human Rights Issues in Sino-NK Dossier #3

By | May 17, 2012

In March 2012, Chinese media appeared to conclusively break the dam when it comes to open acknowledgement of the problem of North Korean refugees in China. Brian Gleason previews and contextualizes tensions which emerged on the refugee issue last fall.

Anti-Rat Bombast and Rational Conference: Weekly Digest

By | May 05, 2012

Spring arrives, and with it, the season for demonstrations of all kinds — spontaneous, coordinated, repressed. Comrades in Zhongnanhai are hardly ignorant of the fact, but it is the North Korean leadership that has taken mobilization to new levels with the blossoming weather.  After all, there is no point in ending up like Syria.  Steven […]

The Memory of Kim

By | April 16, 2012

How would a unified Korea come to terms with the legacy of regime founder and “Eternal President” Kim Il Sung?  In this essay for, Jennifer Lind, Assistant Professor in the Department of Government, Dartmouth College, sketches several possibilities for how a unified Korea would approach the difficult but inevitable issue of historical reconciliation. Readers are also encouraged […]