Military

Billion Dollar Miscalculation: B-52s, Korea, and Missiles

By | March 24, 2013

SinoNK dismantles the signals being sent by a B-52 run over Korea, and describes why a move away from American conventional deterrence would be a net loss.

Atomic Aftermath: An Op-Ed Glossary

By | February 18, 2013

Adam Cathcart and Mycal Ford take on a slew of op-eds, half-truths, and brilliant assertions in a creative A-Z glossary of post-nuclear news and opinion.

Smoke Bombs and Tunnels: Chinese Experts Probe North Korea’s Nuclear Intentions

By | February 05, 2013

A vigorous roundtable discussion with pro-DPRK, pro-China and international views sheds light on China’s thinking toward a third North Korean nuclear test. An exclusive SinoNK translation.

Camp 22 and Camp 14: Barbed Signposts for the New Kim Era

By | January 27, 2013

This essay by Christopher Green covers the alleged closure of Camp 22, dissects news that Camp 14 is expanding, and casts doubt upon Kim Jong-un’s approach to human rights in North Korea.

Clinging to North Korea: A Chinese Traditionalist View

By | January 24, 2013

An extended apology for China’s orthodox alignment with the DPRK was recently published in Huanqiu Shibao. Roger Cavazos translates, and goes on a journey that ranges from aircraft carriers to Afghanistan.

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.

Game of Battleships: A Commentary on the History and Future of the Northern Limit Line Disputes

By | October 13, 2012

Mycal Ford surveys the turbulent waters around the disputed Northern Limit Line, probing for contemporary and historical clues about the possibility for renewed inter-Korean hostility.

Contemplating a Post-Xi Landscape: Four Scenarios for Xi Jinping’s Absence, Return, or Purge

By | September 13, 2012

Roger Cavazos (SinoNK Coordinator & Analyst with Nautilus Insitute) injects multiple doses of realism and context into the mystifying narrative of Chinese heir apparent Xi Jinping’s disappearance.

Stakeholder Spotlight: Zhou Yongkang, North Korea, and the Ministry of Public Security

By | September 04, 2012

Zhou Yongkang and the Ministry of Public Security appear primed for a demotion. Is Kim Jong-un losing his strongest supporter in Beijing? Nathan Beauchamp-Mustafaga unpacks the story.

Chinese Bureaucratic Politics and Sino-North Korean Relations: Dynamics and Implications

By | August 05, 2012

Beijing University’s Nathan Beauchamp-Mustafaga contends that Chinese bureaucratic politics largely drives the direction of the Sino-North Korean relationship.

Korean Peninsula: Distinguishing Rhetoric from Reality

By | August 01, 2012

Roger Cavazos examines what a renewed outbreak of hostilities would actually look like along the arms-clogged waist of the Korean peninsula. Includes link to an extensive illustrated working paper.