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Beyond the Security Council: Keeping Focus on North Korean Human Rights

Beyond the Security Council: Keeping Focus on North Korean Human Rights

Introduction On November 18, 2014, the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a strongly worded resolution condemning the human rights situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) including encouragement to the Security Council that it consider referring the country to the International Criminal [...]

Smoke and Mirrors: DPRK Front Companies in China and Russia

Smoke and Mirrors: DPRK Front Companies in China and Russia

By Jeffrey Lewis and Catherine Dill Despite extensive international sanctions, many North Korean designated entities continue to do business around the world using aliases. The effectiveness of the sanctions regime depends on the willingness and ability of the international community to prohibit illicit trade. However, that record has been [...]

Russia-North Korea Economic Ties Gain Traction

Russia-North Korea Economic Ties Gain Traction

In a new global situation unfortunately characterized by increased big power rivalry—where Russia has suddenly become the chief opponent, if not enemy, of the United States—Russia’s involvement in Korean peninsular affairs has increased political implications for Moscow. The Korean peninsula, centered in a crucial neighboring area, has [...]

Next Steps in DPRK Sanctions: Is There a Magic Bullet?

Next Steps in DPRK Sanctions: Is There a Magic Bullet?

Sanctions are a growth industry in Washington. Whether the problem is international terrorism, external aggression, humanitarian crisis, human rights violations, civil war or the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, the US government reaches first for its rather ample powers to restrict access of target countries to the international [...]

North Korea’s Cyber Capabilities: Deterrence and Stability in a Changing Strategic Environment

North Korea’s Cyber Capabilities: Deterrence and Stability in a Changing Strategic Environment

In addition to long-standing international concerns about North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons and technology, the US and its regional allies—the Republic of Korea (ROK) and Japan—are increasingly worried about the DPRK’s growing cyber offensive capabilities. A recent HP study detailing North Korea’s electronic warfare capabilities [...]

North Korea: Northeast Asia’s New Tourism Hub?

North Korea: Northeast Asia’s New Tourism Hub?

At first glance, last week’s wrestling exhibition in Pyongyang seems to have been a one-off event similar to others with which North Korea has used in the past to try to shift attention away from its nuclear program. As such, it could be dismissed as little more than a dose of regime propaganda. However, this interpretation seems inaccurate. [...]

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