The authors of this monograph have exposed a key piece
of the puzzle which helps to provide a better understanding
of North Korea’s surreptitious international behavior. For
years, North Korea’s military...
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The authors of this monograph have exposed a key piece
of the puzzle which helps to provide a better understanding
of North Korea’s surreptitious international behavior. For
years, North Korea’s military provocations have been
obvious to the world, however, much of its decisionmaking
is shrouded in secrecy, particularly that of a wide-range of
clandestine activities. This monograph is unique in the way
that it sheds light on the illicit activities of the regime, and
how those illegal activities are used to support its military
programs and the government itself.
From drug trafficking to counterfeiting, from money
laundering to cigarette smuggling, North Korea’s Central
Committee Bureau 39 is an active participant in the criminal
economy of the region with tentacles extending well beyond
Asia. The authors discuss how these activities have negative
strategic consequences for a number of stakeholders and
nations throughout the region while describing how such
activities provide critical funding streams for military
programs and regime supporters.
As a result, North Korea is not just a “rogue state,” but
practices what is essentially criminal sovereignty whereby
it organizes its illegitimate activities behind the shield
of non-intervention while using the tools of the state to
perpetrate these schemes abroad. The authors argue that
this arrangement has important links to succession issues
within the regime. They also argue that policy makers who
are concerned with the development of future policies and
strategies aimed toward North Korea must view those new
policies from a different perspective than that used in the
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148537298
  • Publisher: ReadCycle
  • Publication date: 9/25/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 732,112
  • File size: 254 KB

Meet the Author

PAUL REXTON KAN is currently an Associate
Professor of National Security Studies at the U.S. Army
War College at Carlisle, Pennsylvania. His previous
assignment was the Deputy Director of the Center for
China-United States Cooperation where he coordinated
professional exchanges with Chinese officials from
the policy institutions linked to the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs, the Ministry of State Security, and the People’s
Liberation Army. Dr. Kan is the author of the recent
book, Drugs and Contemporary Warfare (Dulles, VA:
Potomac Books, 2009); and “Drugging Babylon: The
Illegal Narcotics Trade and Nation-Building in Iraq, “
in Small Wars and Insurgencies (June 2007). His research
on Mexican cartel violence will be part of an upcoming
book on the subject, and he is currently working on
his next book, “Whiskey Rebellions, Opium Wars, and
Other Battles for Intoxication.” Dr. Kan holds a Ph.D.
in International Studies from the Graduate School of
International Studies at the University of Denver.
BRUCE E. BECHTOL, JR., is a Professor of
International Relations at the Marine Corps Command
and Staff College. His previous assignments include:
a faculty member of the Air Command and Staff
College, an adjunct Visiting Professor at the Korea
University Graduate School of International Studies,
and an adjunct Professor of Diplomacy at Norwich
University. He was an Intelligence Officer at the
Defense Intelligence Agency, eventually serving as the
Senior Analyst for Northeast Asia in the Intelligence
Directorate (J2) on the Joint Staff in the Pentagon.
Before beginning his career at the Defense Intelligence
Agency, he was on active duty for 20 years in the
U.S. Marine Corps, serving at various locations in the
western Pacific and East Asia. Formerly the Editor of
the Defense Intelligence Journal, Dr. Bechtol also sat on
the Editorial Review Board of the East Asian Review.
He has written widely on Korean security issues,
contributing articles to such journals as the International
Journal of Korean Studies, Pacific Focus, Contemporary
Strategy, Foreign Policy, the Korea Observer, East Asian
Review, the Air and Space Power Journal, the International
Journal of Korean Unification Studies, Korean Quarterly,
and Occasional Papers: The Journal of the Korea American
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