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By | February 24, 2012

Steven Denney is the Editor-in-Chief of the Yonsei Journal of International Studies (PEAR) — a journal which is accepting submissions from graduate students and junior faculty until March 15, Seoul time. As if sharpening his knives for the carnage of editing to come, Denney has been reading and thinking about the work of Bruce Cumings, […]

China’s Rise and Its Effect on North Korea: Snyder, Byun, Economy, Moon

By | February 23, 2012

Think-Tank Watch remains in the queue for tomorrow, but in the meantime, a handful of sources and audio-visual content which may be of note to readers.  — Adam Cathcart, Editor – Foreign Affairs asks Elizabeth Economy about China & North Korea’s Future: – Scott Snyder and See-won Byun’s “China-Korea Relations: New Challenges in the Post-Kim Jong Il Era,” Comparative […]

Think-Tank Watch

By | February 17, 2012

Steven Denney is editor-in-chief  of PEAR, Yonsei University’s graduate journal, a leading voice at the Political Cartel (East Asia) blog, and a master’s student in Global Studies at Yonsei University. In the “week in review” for February 13 through February 17, 2012, Denney, Think-Tank Analyst for SinoNK.com, compiles a list of recent articles on North Korea and Sino-North Korean relations. […]

Defusing Rumors, Defending Tibet, and the Reemergence of Wen Jiabao: KCNA’s China Coverage

By | February 13, 2012

Yesterday, North Korea’s top propagandists orchestrated and participated in a gunpowder-tinged burst of oath-taking and ideological consolidation at Kim Jong-Il’s mythical birthplace near Mount Paektu.  As Kim Jong-il’s 70th birthday approaches, men like Kim Ki-Nam will continue a stream of predictable communications regarding the departed Dear Leader’s perspisacity. But can North Korea’s propaganda and news […]

Think-Tank Watch

By | February 10, 2012

Steven Denney is editor-in-chief  of PEAR, Yonsei University’s graduate journal, a leading voice at the Political Cartel (East Asia) blog, and a master’s student in Global Studies at Yonsei University. In the “week in review” for February 6 – February 10, 2012, Denney, Think-Tank Analyst for SinoNK.com, compiles a list of recent articles on North Korea and Sino-North Korean relations. […]

Satellites and Sanctions: KCNA Goes Quiet on China

By | February 05, 2012

One-month removed from death of Kim Jong Il, the Korean Central News Agency reported fewer stories about developments in China and Chinese-Korean relations during the week of 15 January – 21 January 2012. The KCNA paid lip service to Chinese technological developments and offered support to the PRC’s stance on international issues (Iranian sanctions), and highlighted […]

Think-Tank Watch

By | February 03, 2012

Steven Denney is editor-in-chief  of PEAR, Yonsei University’s graduate journal, a leading voice at the Political Cartel (East Asia) blog, and a master’s student in Global Studies at Yonsei University. In the “week in review” for January 30 through February 3, 2012, Denney, Think-Tank Analyst for SinoNK.com, compiles a list of recent articles on North Korea […]

Strange Occurrences on the Border: Reviewing the Ling/Lee North Korea Episode

By | January 31, 2012

 As its propaganda testifies, the North Korean state is nothing if not attentive to its anniversaries.  Kim Jong Il’s 70th birthday on February 16, 2012, along with Kim Il Sung’s 100th birthday on April 15, 2012, are serving as repetitious focal points and justifications for – what else? – massive labor mobilization in the DPRK.  However, among […]