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Evil geniuses, stumbling fools, or something in between, we will attempt to divine the real motives behind Pyongyang’s foreign policy moves.

North Korea’s Expanding Foreign Press Corps

North Korea’s Expanding Foreign Press Corps

Four years after the Associated Press (AP) mounted its signboard on a wooden door inside an armed compound in Pyongyang, Agence France-Presse (AFP) announced that it would become the second global news agency to open a bureau in North Korea. “Good luck to @AFP on the wild ride ahead,” I tweeted after their announcement. I should know about [...]

Congressional Sanctions against North Korea: An Iran Re-do?

Congressional Sanctions against North Korea: An Iran Re-do?

For much of the past decade since North Korea first tested a nuclear device, there has been a debate over whether and how much to apply sanctions pressure on North Korea and those who do business with it. This debate has centered on views arrayed along two axes: 1) the degree to which North Korea can be influenced via sanctions; and 2) the degree [...]

Reality Check on North Korean Sanctions

Reality Check on North Korean Sanctions

A recent op-ed by Sung-Yoon Lee and Joshua Stanton highlights what should happen in dealing with North Korea. Unfortunately, for this long-time practitioner in the field of nonproliferation sanctions, it also highlights what cannot happen—or at least what cannot happen at an acceptable level of risk with the limited knowledge and the complex [...]

Steve Bosworth: An Appreciation

Steve Bosworth: An Appreciation

(Image: Pool/Getty Images AsiaPac) Steve Bosworth was my boss, my mentor and my friend. By the time I first met Steve, he had already had a highly successful first career as one of America’s most distinguished ambassadors. A mutual friend, Bob Gallucci, introduced us and asked if we would like to start a new organization, not even yet [...]

Thanks to the Banks: Counter-Proliferation Finance and the Chinpo Shipping Case

Thanks to the Banks: Counter-Proliferation Finance and the Chinpo Shipping Case

Tan Cheng Hoe had been doing business with North Korea since August 1970. His Singapore-registered companies, Chinpo Shipping Company (Private) Ltd. and Tonghae Shipping Agency (Private) Ltd., offered services relating to North Korean maritime trade, namely the handling and transmission of documentation and organization of supplies or equipment [...]

North Korea’s Foreign Trade

North Korea’s Foreign Trade

Foreign trade is, like elsewhere and for obvious reasons, one of the key indicators of North Korea’s economy. However, since the state is notoriously reluctant to provide related figures, we have to rely on external sources to obtain this data. The South Korean Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) is one institution that has for many years [...]

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Credit for photo of young North Korean girl: T.M. All rights reserved, used with permission.