Essays and Events on Musical Diplomacy

I had an essay published by The Atlantic on the subject of a classical music concert in Paris, specifically, the North Korean Unahsu Orchestra at the Salle Pleyel on March 14 and its background and artistic-diplomatic meaning.

Oh what the heck, let’s do this in modified Chicago style and then get to the events:

Essays on Music and Politics since December 19, 2011:

Adam Cathcart, “The Sea of Blood Opera Show: A History of North Korea’s Musical Diplomacy,” The Atlantic, March 19, 2012.

Ibid, republished by History News  Network.

Adam Cathcart, “Blockages and Breakthroughs: Cultural Diplomacy and North Korea,”, Feburary 23, 2012.

Adam Cathcart, “Patterns of Absence in Sino-North Korean Mutual Media Coverage,” March 27, 2012.

Adam Cathcart, “Reading the Riot Act’ North Korea Themes in the Chinese Media, March 2012,”, April 1, 2012.

Adam Cathcart, “Ambassador Liu Reappears, or, Why Opera Matters,” January 13, 2012.

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We didn’t get the gig to entertain the US-DRPK meetings convened by the Aspen Group in Berlin, but we are working as earnestly as we know how to catch the next round, as Track II is where we dwell.


  1. Adam. As long as you don’t get drafted into “Nixon” the opera or was it a musical?
    I keep saying it, but am completely ignored. Nixon and Kissinger were/are Class A genocidial war criminals who should be in the dock in The Hague.

    1. Thanks for the comment, KT! I would love to pick Kissinger’s brain about the whole “soft/smart power” business that seems so prevelant today in State Dept. parlance.

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