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Yongusil 41: KCNA Watch, Reboot

By | June 27, 2014

For a number of years, the website NK News has been trying to monetize news about North Korea, traditionally an unattractive subject of inquiry. One key plank in their strategy is KCNAWatch, an aggregator and analyzer of North Korean media content. Sino-NK looks at a recent site upgrade.

Yongusil 24: “Pockets of Efficiency,” Taking a Developmental Approach to North Korea

By | January 17, 2014

Two intriguing Sino-NK related articles on North Korean developmental approach post-Jang have appeared in the venerable BAKS Papers. While one focuses on “pockets of efficiency” and the other on futurological possibility, both are fascinating.

Yongusil 22: Record Group 242

By | December 18, 2013

After reading Dr. Suzy Kim’s fascinating work, where exactly can one encounter the revolutionary everyday? Ben Young investigates primary source Record Group 242.

Yongusil 21: North Korean Review on the Unhasu Orchestra in Paris and the AP in Pyongyang

By | December 13, 2013

The Unhasu Orchestra has disappeared from North Korean cultural life. Adam Cathcart and Steven Denney explore that orchestra’s role (and that of the AP) in diplomacy within North Korea’s political repertoire, in a newly-published scholarly article for the North Korean Review.

Yongusil 18: Problemy Dalnego Vostoka–Russian Academy of Sciences (Far Eastern Branch)

By | November 21, 2013

This Yongusil journeys to Far Eastern Federal District for an illuminative exercise in the uncovering and utilization of marginalized resources and scholarship in the guise of Problemy Dalnego Vostoka.

Yongusil 10: Adam Cathcart interviews Blaine Harden in the Yonsei Journal of International Studies: “In Need of an Icon” (full version)

By | October 12, 2013

Brutality and autocracy seem to build industries against themselves in our contemporary age. Here the Yongusil presents Adam Cathcart’s interesting and engaging interview with the author of a potentially iconic text, one which will frame North Korea and Kimism in the public mind for many years, Blaine Harden author of “Escape from Camp 14.”

Yongusil 9: Treasured Swords under the Byungjin Line: a Trilogy

By | October 08, 2013

Robert Winstanley-Chesters’ analytic foray into the hinterland of the Byungjin Line and ‘Treasured Swords’ of a different timbre (possibly timber), combined and reworked into a single piece for the discerning autumn reader.

Yongusil 5: Full Interview with Tom Morrison

By | September 16, 2013

Extended interviews with academics, analysts and technical specialists with real experience of institutional and developmental environments in North Korea are rare beasts indeed. This summer we were honored here at Sino-NK to post the following fascinating and deep interview with the renowned agronomist Tom Morrison. Our economics analyst Matthew Bates (who also works as petroleum […]

China-North Korea Dossier No. 4: Focus on Chinese Ambassador Liu Hongcai

By | April 06, 2013

Nick Miller’s comprehensive look at Chinese diplomatic interactions with North Korea from 2010-2012 sheds new light on the role of Ambassador Liu Hongcai.

China-North Korea Dossier No. 3: North Korea’s Relations with China at the End of the Kim Jong-il Era

By | August 21, 2012

This dossier chronicles the matrix of meetings and contacts in the Chinese-North Korean relationship in the two months prior to the death of Kim Jong-il. A joint research project with NK Leadership Watch, the dossier includes a preface by Stephan Haggard.

China-North Korea Dossier No. 2: “China’s ‘Measure of Reserve’ toward Succession”

By and | February 09, 2012

North Korean resentment of China has multiple origins, but the PRC’s refusal to immediately accept Kim Jong-il as heir is surely one. New CIA documents tell the story.