Whitehall Briefing - Cat and Mouse: North Korean Sanctions Evasion in 2020

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Following the release of the March 2020 United Nations Panel of Expert’s report on North Korea, James Byrne and Hamish Macdonald reflect on the country’s ongoing efforts to evade the unilateral and multilateral sanctions regime targeting the country’s nuclear and ballistic missile programme. These activities are occurring as talks between Washington and Pyongyang have stalled and while North Korea has continued to expand its indigenous nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities. 

In this Whitehall briefing, James and Hamish will focus on North Korea’s new evasion techniques and the illicit mechanisms Pyongyang uses to export resources and raise revenue, showcasing some of the new methods RUSI uses to track and report on these activities.

James Byrne is a Research Fellow Proliferation and Nuclear Policy and the lead researcher on RUSI’s Project SANDSTONE, which uses a variety of OSINT techniques to map North Korea’s illicit networks.

Hamish Macdonald is an Associate Fellow at RUSI working on Project SANDSTONE and formerly a journalist and researcher who has focused uniquely on North Korea related topics and affairs. He was previously the COO of the Korea Risk Group, which produces the NK News and NK Pro DPRK-related information platforms. Specialising in this area, his investigations covered topics including North Korean sanctions evasion activities, domestic economic development and human rights.

These briefings are open to Major Corporate Level Members and above.

Please note that places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

To attend this event, please e-mail Sabrina Downey, Director of Projects and Events: sabrinad@rusi.org

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