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Alexandre Mansourov

Alexandre Mansourov is a specialist in Northeast Asian security, politics, and economics, focusing primarily on the Korean peninsula, doing his research as a Visiting Scholar at the U.S.-Korea Institute at SAIS and serving as a Founding Member of the U.S. National Committee on North Korea and a Senior Associate of the Nautilus Institute. He worked as a professor of security studies at the College of Security Studies of the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies from October 2001 to January 2008. Dr. Mansourov received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University; a B.A. in International Relations from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO); and an Advanced Diploma in Korean studies from Kim Il Sung National University in Pyongyang, DPRK.

Dr. Mansourov has broad research interests including the defense, foreign and domestic policies of two Korean states, China, Japan, Russia, Mongolia, and Taiwan; comparative political and economic development in Northeast Asia; proliferation of WMD; the IT revolution; and the impact of globalization and revolution in military affairs on security dynamics in Northeast Asia. He is also a specialist on post-conflict stabilization and reconstruction, as well as humanitarian assistance and disaster relief with on the ground experience in Indonesia, Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Brunei. Dr. Mansourov has done consultancy work related to Korean affairs and SSTR/HADR for corporate and government clients in the United States, Republic of Korea, Australia, and Japan.

North Korea: Leadership Schisms and Consolidation During Kim Jong Un’s Second Year in Power

North Korea: Leadership Schisms and Consolidation During Kim Jong Un’s Second Year in Power

The Year of Reckoning Kim Jong Un and Jang Song Thaek at the Korean General Satellite Command and Control Center seconds after the successful lift-off of the Unha-3 on December 12, 2012. A year later on December 12, 2013, Kim Jong Un marked the first anniversary of the “successful launch of the second version of artificial earth satellite [...]

North Korea: What Jang’s Execution Means for the Future

North Korea: What Jang’s Execution Means for the Future

Four days after the North Korean Politburo stripped Jang Song Thaek, Kim Jong Un’s foremost mentor and protector, of all his posts and ranks, a special military tribunal of the DPRK Ministry of State Security convicted him of attempting to overthrow the state and to replace the people’s power and socialist system with his own personal rule [...]

North Korea: The Dramatic Fall of Jang Song Thaek

North Korea: The Dramatic Fall of Jang Song Thaek

The downfall of Jang Song Thaek is the most significant political event in the history of post-Kim Jong Il North Korea. The removal of “Jang and his group” for “the anti-party, counter-revolutionary factional acts” is the second major adjustment in North Korea’s power configuration under Kim Jong Un’s leadership, eclipsing in [...]

North Korea: Entering Syria’s Civil War

North Korea: Entering Syria’s Civil War

When Kim Jong Un assumed power two years ago, foreign observers predicted North Korea would cut its losses short and disengage from Syria in the wake of the overthrow of friendly regimes in Algeria, Egypt and Libya. But this proved to be wishful thinking. On the contrary, Kim Jong Un got off the fence and has joined the Assad government to [...]

North Korea: Enduring Short-Term Pain for Long-Term Gain

North Korea: Enduring Short-Term Pain for Long-Term Gain

North Korea is now engaged in diplomatic push and pull with South Korea, striving to restructure the inter-Korean relationship to meet the policy priorities of its new leadership and desires of the powerful vested interests it represents. Since Pyongyang’s motivations are not clear, below I identify three mutually exclusive alternative [...]

Fear Prevails Over Greed: The Kaesong Shutdown

Fear Prevails Over Greed: The Kaesong Shutdown

North Korea’s shutdown of the Kaesong Industrial Complex (KIC) is the culmination of a steady deterioration in inter-Korean relations during the political transition from Kim Jong Il to Kim Jong Un in the North and conservative rule in the South. Pyongyang appears to have decided to close the KIC primarily for internal security concerns and for [...]

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