Organised Crime in North Korea

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


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 will be chaired by Keith Ditcham, Acting Director and Senior Research Fellow, Organised Crime and Policing, RUSI.

How to attend

This event is open to both members and non members of RUSI. Please register to attend no later later than 14 June using the booking form. You will receive a confirmation email containing information about how to join the webinar.

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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