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The Potential Institutional Consequences of Deeper UN Actions against North Korea

The Potential Institutional Consequences of Deeper UN Actions against North Korea

As a Korea specialist who regularly visits both North and South Korea (at least annually) and speaks with high-ranking officials, among others, I have noticed a disturbing trend over the last several months. In February, just after the inauguration of US President Donald Trump, one of the highest-ranking officials in Pyongyang indicated to me that [...]

Recycling the Playbook: UNSCR 2321 and Its Coal Caps

Recycling the Playbook: UNSCR 2321 and Its Coal Caps

On November 30, UN Security Council members gathered for a familiar exercise: to pass a new resolution drafted by the United States and China to impose fresh sanctions on North Korea for its nuclear testing. It was the second such meeting in 10 months. UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2321 introduces clarifications and qualitatively new [...]

Multilateralizing Approaches to North Korea: The Canadian Case

Multilateralizing Approaches to North Korea: The Canadian Case

As North Korea began its 7th Worker’s Party Congress in May, it shepherded over 100 foreign journalists around to sites largely unrelated to the event they had come to see. One of these locations was the 326 Electric Cable Factory in Pyongyang, where the most noteworthy sight for reporters was a stack of boxes from Dow Canada—a shipment of [...]

The 2016 UN Panel of Experts Report: An Eye-Opening Account of Persistent Blindness 

The 2016 UN Panel of Experts Report: An Eye-Opening Account of Persistent Blindness 

The UN Panel of Experts Established Pursuant to Resolution 1874 has been monitoring and reporting on violations of the North Korea sanctions regime since 2009, providing North Korea specialists with rare and valuable insight into the country’s illicit activities and sanctions evasion practices. The Panel’s reports have become more detailed [...]

UNSCR 2270: A Conundrum for Russia

UNSCR 2270: A Conundrum for Russia

The international community’s relationship with North Korea has reached a bifurcation point that may have far-reaching consequences for the strategic positions of key national players. Specifically, the latest UN sanctions against the DPRK appear likely to substantially harm Russian economic and security interests on the Korean peninsula. [...]

The New UNSC Sanctions Resolution on North Korea: A Deep Dive Assessment

The New UNSC Sanctions Resolution on North Korea: A Deep Dive Assessment

UN Security Council Resolution 2270, passed on March 2, 2016, substantially shifts the multilateral sanctions regime on North Korea. It not only bolsters existing provisions, but also moves beyond sanctions that rest on determinations that a proscribed activity has taken place, such as arms-related proliferation. Photo: Brendan [...]

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