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 of Korean emigrants and defined both by the enduring division of the Korean peninsula and the authoritarian nature of their North Korean homeland. Politics of the North Korean Diaspora explains the origins and shape of the North Korean diaspora; examines North Koreans’ participation in the democratic systems of their host countries and in trans-national activism; analyzes their often-contentious relationship with North Korea’s non-democratic regime; and discusses how this framework can shed light on developments in authoritarian diasporas around the world today. In doing so, it contributes both to our understanding of the Korean diaspora, and to our knowledge of the global politics of contemporary authoritarianism.
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