In the past decade, the Chinese-North Korean border region has undergone a gradual transformation into a site of intensified cooperation, competition, and intrigue. These changes have prompted a significant volume of critical scholarship and media commentary across multiple languages and disciplines. Drawing on existing studies and new data, this volume brings much of this literature into concert by pulling together a wide range of insight on the region's economics, security, social cohesion, and information flows. Drawing from multilingual sources and transnational scholarship, the volume is enhanced by the extensive fieldwork undertaken by the editors and contributors in their quest to decode the borderland. In doing so, the volume emphasizes the link between theory, methodology, and practice in the field of Area Studies and social science more broadly.
Adam Cathcart is a lecturer in Chinese History at Leeds University and the editor of the European Journal of Korean Studies. He specialises in contemporary Chinese history, with a geographic focus on Manchuria and research emphasis on Northeast Asian interactions in the early Cold War (1945-1960).
Christopher Green is a lecturer at Leiden University in the Netherlands and a senior advisor for the Korean Peninsula at International Crisis Group.
Steven Denney is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto.