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Nuclear North Korea

What explains North Korea's erratic behavior with respect to its nuclear weapons program? Do international sanctions simply compound the problem? What would convince Pyongyang to cooperate with the international community?

For a decade, SSP's North Korea Research Project, led by Dr. Jim Walsh, has conducted research and public outreach on these questions. Dr. Walsh's work has addressed the effect of international sanctions on Pyongyang, the alliance between North Korea and Iran, and the impact of North Korea's behavior on security in Asia more broadly. In collaborative projects with colleagues at the Korea Society, Harvard University's Korea Institute, and the John Hopkins' School of Advanced and International Study, Dr. Walsh has travelled to North Korea multiple times and regularly meetst with its diplomats.

​Related Publications:

Jim Walsh, ​Dangerous Myths: North Korea, the United States, and the Future of Asia​ (New Haven: Yale University Press, forthcoming)

Jim Walsh, "The Iran-North Korea Strategic Alliance," Oral testimony for the joint hearing before the Subcommittees on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade; Asia and the Pacific; and Middle East and North Africa. House Committee on Forieng Affairs. United States House of Representatives. July 28, 2015. Washington, DC: US Congress 2015.

Jim Walsh, "Syria, Iran, and North Korea: Appraisal and Comparison," ​Nuclear Security 2011: The Challenge of Proliferation and Implications for the Korean Peninsula​," Jung-Ho Bae and Jae H. Ku, editors. Korea Institute for National Unification, 2010.