Forthcoming, 2022: Politics of the North Korean Diaspora (Cambridge: Elements Series in East Asian Society & Politics).
- This Element examines the emergence of a North Korean diaspora: a growing, globally-dispersed population of North Korean émigrés, whose identity is distinct from previous generations and is defined both by the enduring division of the Korean peninsula and the authoritarian nature of their North Korean homeland. In doing so, it contributes both to our understanding of the Korean diaspora, and to our knowledge of the global politics of contemporary authoritarianism.
- Politics of the North Korean Diaspora argues that contestation over citizenship has been a major force shaping the North Korean diaspora worldwide. Using an original survey, it finds that North Korean emigres have internalized the democratic norms of their host countries, particularly the civil libertarian and participatory/behavioral dimensions of democratic citizenship, and that they are comparatively highly engaged in both host-country civic politics and transnational activism. Finally, it argues that Pyongyang perceives the increasingly oppositional nature of the diaspora as a threat to regime security, and has responded by trying to dissuade, discredit, deter, and disrupt diasporic political activity, including through the use of extraterritorial violence. The book concludes by discussing how this framework can shed light on developments in authoritarian diasporas around the world today.
Dictators & Their Secret Police: Coercive Institutions & State Violence
How do dictators stay in power? When, and how, do they use repression to do so? Dictators and their Secret Police explores the role of the coercive apparatus under authoritarian rule in East Asia - how secret police organizations originate, how they operate, and how their violence affects ordinary citizens. It argues that autocrats face a coercive dilemma: whether to create internal security forces designed to manage popular mobilization, or defend against potential coup. Violence against civilians is a byproduct of their attempt to resolve this dilemma. Drawing on a wealth of new historical evidence, this book challenges conventional wisdom on dictatorship: what autocrats are threatened by, how they respond, and how this affects the lives and security of the millions under their rule. It offers an unprecedented view into the use of surveillance, coercion, and violence, and sheds new light on the institutional and social foundations of authoritarian power.
More About the Book:
More About the Book:
- Academic roundtable on the book at H-Diplo/ISSF here (pdf here)
- Q&A with the Weatherhead East Asian Institute here
- Review in Democratization here
- Review in Foreign Affairs here or here
- Review in Global Asia here
- Review in Governance here
- Review in Political Science Quarterly here
- Review in Perspectives on Politics here
- Available for purchase on Amazon here
Photo: Police Diary during Suppression of the 1980 Kwangju Uprising, South Korea