Montag, 2. Juni 2014

North Korea – Still an intelligence problem

Just a short note about a paper I wrote after speaking on North Korea and the problems in analysing organised crime in East Asia at a conference in Adelaide, Australia. 

A  few  years  after  Kim  Jong  Un  came  into  office,  North  Korea  is  still
attracting controversy  in  the  headlines, and  political  sanctions  are  still  in
operation.  Despite the harsh measures in place to isolate Pyongyang from
sources  of  money  and  luxury,  the  rulers  are  able  to  get  what  they  want
using front companies or the help of other states.  The reasons for this are
deeply rooted in the North Korean political structure.  A network of high
ranking  officials,  their  children,  and  political  minions  are  grappling  for
power and wealth.  Beside the powerful Kim clan there exist other families
in North Korea whose loyalty must be secured with bribes.  If the loyalty of
the influential families is eroded, the power base of Kim Jong Un is likely
to soon diminish.  As a result, the North Korean government is searching
for sources of money.  Illicit drugs may be one solution the ruling regime
find attractive to this problem, but there appears to be a twist: struggling
ordinary  citizens  are  showing  signs  that  they  too  are  taking  part  in  this
illegal  enterprise.    This  is  manifested  by  their  willingness  to  become
involved in crime in the same way as the corrupt regime. 

Read here: 

Analytical Essay: North Korea – Still an intelligence problem, in: SALUS Journal, Issue 2, Number 2, 2014, Special Issue on the Storage and Use of Information in an Intelligence and Security Context – Beyond 2014. Charles Sturt University, Sydney, pp. 2 – 15.