Recent Op-eds and Media Work

The last three weeks have been particularly intense for analysts of North Korea, China, and Sino-North Korean relations. Amid the struggle to get two of my normal scholarly research articles submitted, I was able to get the following work published, some of which may be of interest to readers of this blog.

China, North Korea going through rough patch but break-up not on the horizon‘ (published in print edition as ‘Seeing past N Korea doomsday talk’), South China Morning Post, 5 March 2017.

Understanding China’s suspension of North Korean coal imports,’ The Interpreter, Lowy Institute, Sydney, 3 March 2017.

How different would North Korea have been under Kim Jong Nam?’ The Guardian, 23 February 2017.

Targeting Northeastern Tigers: The Anti-Corruption Campaign in Liaoning,’ China Policy Institute Analysis, 23 February 2017.

What can Trump actually do about North Korea?’ CNN, 15 February 2017.

Media quotes in Radio France International (13 February),The Telegraph (14 February), Anna Fifield’s story on US-North Korea relations for Washington Post (19 February), Steven Borowiec’s column for Asia Society (22 February), Adam Taylor’s column for the Washington Post (23 February), and Jonathan Cheng’s Wall Street Journal story on a remarkable North Korean editorial (23 Feburary). Further background provided to John Power and Ethan Epstein for their columns for The Diplomat and The Weekly Spectator, respectively. In a bit of a stretch — which also forced me to get caught up on some key new documents coming out of Beijing, a good thing to be sure — I also spoke to BBC World Business Report on 6 March about the Lianghui.

Most of this happened between giving talks in Holland (Leiden University) and the Republic of Ireland (University College Cork/UCC) — so more about both of these talks in due course. Unlike many of the ‘think pieces’ and hot takes cited above, the academic papers given at Leiden and UCC will probably result in more substantive peer-reviewed publication downstream, so by that virtue will continue to shoulder forward.

Image: Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture Public Security Bureau website, February 2017. 

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