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 by the authoritarian nature of their North Korean homeland. The manuscript contributes both to our knowledge of the Korean diaspora, and to our understanding of the global dimensions of contemporary authoritarianism.
- Politics of the North Korean Diaspora argues that the authoritarian nature of the North Korean regime fundamentally shapes the politics of the North Korean diaspora. 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. This, in turn, shapes diasporic perceptions of citizenship and political behavior. Using original survey data, the book shows that North Korean émigrés have internalized many of the democratic norms of their host countries, particularly the civil libertarian and participatory/behavioral dimensions of democratic citizenship; they are also comparatively highly engaged in both host-country civic politics and transnational activism. The case of North Korean diaspora politics demonstrates that regime type is an understudied and important factor shaping transnational and diasporic politics in the contemporary global environment.
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