August 17, 2016 Beyond Parallel—
Thae Yong-ho, a minister in the DPRK embassy in London, UK, has defected with his wife and son to South Korea and is currently under the protection of the government pending the formal procedures to process their entry into the country... Meaning of High-Level DPRK Diplomat's Defection Thae Yong-ho, a minister in the DPRK embassy in…
August 7, 2016 Beyond Parallel—
CSIS Beyond Parallel datasets offer a unique collection of original databases on diplomacy, military exercises, deterrence, trade, and finance related to Korean unification. Through a comparison of datasets important insights can be gained about the relationship between events. This timeline provides a comparison of two different datasets collected by CSIS.…
July 13, 2016 Patrick M. Cronin—
Kim Jong-un’s regime has been systematically sanctioned since early this calendar year. Recent measures build on years of international sanctions on North Korea... Kim Jong-un’s regime has been systematically sanctioned since early this calendar year. Recent measures build…
July 6, 2016 Lisa Collins and Victor Cha—
The U.S. Department of State’s “Report on Serious Human Rights Abuses or Censorship in North Korea” submitted to the U.S. Congress today, July 6, 2016 in accordance with North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act of 2016 (Public Law 114-112) lists North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as responsible for human rights abuses.
July 6, 2016 Lisa Collins—
A fake report about the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un by a female suicide bomber from a secret Pyongyang brothel set the Twittersphere on fire late June 16 and early June 17... Kim Jong-un Assassinated? No, but Still Reason to Worry A fake report about the assassination…
July 1, 2016 Andy Lim—
Since Kim Jong-un’s official accession to power in 2012, Yo-Jong has worked in his Personal Secretariat where she helped managed his itineraries, events, and on-site visits. It is believed that she continues to function in this role today, even after she had acquired other prominent positions over the past year.
June 30, 2016 Victor Cha—
The division of North and South Korea following World War II was a defining moment not just for the Korean peninsula but for all of Northeast Asia. The strategic environment of the region and the history of the Korean people were drastically changed by the division and subsequent Korean War.
June 30, 2016 Victor Cha—
Small-scale kinetic military conflicts and provocations that escalate quickly into a larger conflict could draw countries into a major war. The more we understand the relationship between North Korean provocations and U.S.-ROK military exercises, the more accurately we can determine the redlines for military action and regional conflict escalation.
June 1, 2016 Lisa Collins and Victor Cha—
The Department of the Treasury’s Notice of Finding published on June 2, 2016 designates North Korea for the first time as a jurisdiction of “primary money laundering concern” under Section 311 of the USA PATRIOT Act... Treasury Designates North Korea Under Section 311 The Department of the Treasury's Notice of Finding…
May 27, 2016 Beyond Parallel—
To critically test this proposition, Beyond Parallel gathered data on the relationship between the United States-Republic of Korea (ROK) military exercises and North Korean provocations. The scope of our qualitative study was the past 12 years of annual U.S.-ROK spring military exercises (2005–2016).