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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, Hamas, and Hezbollah: Arm in Arm?

North Korea, Hamas, and Hezbollah: Arm in Arm?

North Korea’s arms exports to US-designated terrorist organizations in the Middle East have made headlines twice recently. On July 23, 2014, a US district court ruled that “North Korea and Iran are liable for damages because they provided material support and assistance” to Hezbollah, which enabled the latter’s rocket attacks during the [...]

The Axis of Orbit: Iran-DPRK Space Cooperation

The Axis of Orbit: Iran-DPRK Space Cooperation

In 2012, I attended a Track II meeting with some North Koreans where they mentioned a series of space launches. A series, I asked? They didn’t want to say more, but left me with the distinct impression that we’ll be seeing a lot more launches from the DPRK. After that meeting, North Korea tried twice—a failed launch in April and then [...]

Kim Jong Un’s Foreign Policy Record: The Juche Revolution Continues

Kim Jong Un’s Foreign Policy Record: The Juche Revolution Continues

During his first year in power, Kim Jong Un maintained the strategic foreign policy line he inherited from his father without making any major adjustments. In a nutshell, that approach seeks to alter the regional balance of power in North Korea's favor, expand its resource base, and gain international recognition by building up strategic arms [...]

New Launch Facilities Under Construction at Musudan-ri, Possible Iranian Connection

New Launch Facilities Under Construction at Musudan-ri, Possible Iranian Connection

New satellite photos from April 29, 2012 indicate that a major upgrade of North Korea’s Tonghae Satellite Launching Ground—more commonly referred to as Musudan-ri—underway since summer 2011, is making rapid progress. The new construction is intended to support future launches of rockets larger than the recently tested Unha—more capable [...]

Progressive Pragmatism or Cynicism in Confronting North Korea?

Progressive Pragmatism or Cynicism in Confronting North Korea?

In his inaugural address, President Barack Obama offered the possibility of dialogue to leaders in Iran and North Korea, saying he was “willing to extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.” It was a nice turn of phrase, but things went south pretty quickly. After a long-range missile launch in April 2009, things got ugly. North [...]

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