Tongsin | 통신 no. 02: Military Exercises and Reunification


The second installation of Tongsin | 통신 is now live on Sino-NK, edited by myself with research assistance from Leeds student and historian Vikram Jones.

In January, DPRK state media focused on the upcoming US-ROK joint military exercises Key Resolve/Foal Eagle, awkwardly forcing China into the narrative surrounding reunification.

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Tongsin | 통신 no. 01

Over at Sino-NK I’ve initiated Tongsin | 통신 (“news agency”): source data on the DPRK’s state media coverage of China and the Sino-DPRK relationship. The first issue examines the months October–December 2013, immediately preceding and including the execution of Jang Song-taek. Most interestingly, the North Koreans are adamant in their emphasis of a strong, growing, and independent DPRK economy in the months leading up the Jang purge.

The full PDF can be accessed here: Tongsin | 통신 no. 01


I’m pleased to report that I am now an Assistant Editor at Sino-NK. My work there involves editing excellent articles, offering insight to security issues, and occasional translating assistance (for instance: Huanqiu on the Jang execution). We’re expecting exciting new projects in the new year, including intense data-deepening and symposiums on security and gender; I’m thrilled to be a part of it.

Morgan Potts on Sino-NK

I’m pleased to note that my essay “Is North Korea a Rational Actor?” is now featured on the distinguished Sino-NK with a flattering introduction from the industrious Steven Denny. As a recent graduate it is wonderfully encouraging to have a chapter of my dissertation published, and I look forward to continuing collaborative work with the Sino-NK team: I highly recommend following their work through their facebook and twitter accounts.