Recording: Climate Change and North Korea

The first in a series of events exploring non-traditional security challenges in the context of North Korea. The discussion focuses on the impacts of climate change.

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Security concerns relating to North Korea are often confined to Pyongyang’s belligerence, the ongoing development of its nuclear and missile programmes, and the country’s atrocious human rights record. Much less attention has been paid to the impact of climate change.

The panel consists of four experts who have considered how North Korea is dealing with climate change, as well as the impact this could have on both domestic and foreign policy. We explore how climate change implications relate to conventional security risks, and what this might mean for existing international policies designed to mitigate security threats from North Korea.

This event is kindly funded by the UniKorea Foundation.

Chair: Cristina Varriale, Research Fellow, Proliferation and Nuclear Policy, RUSI 


  • Catherine Dill, Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Council on Strategic Risks

  • Gabriela Bernal, PhD candidate at the University of North Korean Studies, translator at Daily NK and freelance writer

  • Dr Benjamin Habib, Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, La Trobe University

  • Sangsoo Lee, Deputy Director of ISDP and Head of ISDP Korea Center

Supported by

  • UniKorea Foundation

    UniKorea Foundation

    The UniKorea Foundation, founded in May 2015, is dedicated to preparations for a Korean unification by working towards mutual cooperation between the two Koreas and promoting peace and reconciliation among North and South Koreans and the world as a whole

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Chaired by

Cristina Varriale

Associate Fellow

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