Policy: Works-in-Progress

NSSP Global and National Security Research Series

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1.  Torin Hovander. Russia’s Abandonment of North Korea: The decline of Russian-North Korean Relations in the Post-Cold War Period. (2016).

Abstract:  US policy towards North Korea will be impacted by the deterioration of relationship between North Korean and the Russian Federation since the end of the Cold and the subsequent USSR collapse.  This study is of past and contemporary East Asian history within the context of the four traditional elements of a national power (DIME) – Diplomatic, Information, Military and Economic.  An alliance between Russia and North Korea does not serve Russia’s diplomatic, information, military, or economic interest.  Therefore, the Russian Federation is unlikely to support North Korea in response to international pressure.   US policy coercing North Korea is highly unlikely to illicit a Russian retaliation. Therefore, analysis supports the continuation of America’s current policy of increasing pressure towards North Korea.