Climate Change and North Korea

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The first in a series of events exploring non-traditional security challenges in the context of North Korea. The discussion will focus 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. At this event we will be joined by 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 will 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.

The event will be recorded and will be available online shortly afterwards. This event is kindly funded by the UniKorea Foundation.

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


  • Catherine Dill

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

  • Gabriela Bernal

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

  • Dr Benjamin Habib

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

  • Sangsoo Lee

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

How to attend

This event is open to all. To take part, you must pre-register no later than 9 March 2022 using the ‘Register Now’ button. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

If you have any questions, please e-mail Sabrina Downey, Events Director, at

Supported by

  • 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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