Recording: Organised Crime in North Korea

The final event in a series exploring non-traditional security challenges in the context of North Korea. This discussion focuses on North Korea’s transnational criminal activities.

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North Korea’s transnational criminal activities are a growing concern not only for Northeast Asia, but also for the wider international community. These illicit activities are a key revenue stream for the North Korean government to fund its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes, as well as the luxuries enjoyed by Pyongyang’s elite class. Organs of the North Korean state regularly engage in criminal enterprises in a concerted effort to maximise the funds that prop up the Kim regime and to undermine the international sanctions on the country.

This event explores North Korea’s overseas criminal activities, the challenges they pose, and how such enterprises impact international efforts to mitigate threats from North Korea. Speakers will include Ethan Jewell, NK News and Dr. John Park - Director, Korea Project, Harvard Kennedy School.

The event is supported by the UniKorea Foundation and is chaired by Keith Ditcham, Senior Research Fellow, Organised Crime and Policing, RUSI.

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  • 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

Dr Keith Ditcham

External Author | Former RUSI Senior Research Fellow

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