Jul. 21 – Chibong Hahm – “North Korea Power: Myths and Realities” Global Security Seminar

Over the past several weeks North Korea test-fired a multistage rocket, detonated a nuclear device, fired short- and medium-range missiles, sentenced a pair of American journalists to 12 years of hard labor for alleged “hostile acts,” and threatened a nuclear attack against Hawaii, all despite strong condemnation from the international community. What is motivating this latest round of North Korean provocations? What challenges do the United States and its regional partners face in deterring North Korean actions? What does RAND analysis – based on interviews with North Korean defectors and others with access to the long-secluded country’s on-the-ground reality–tell us about the current state of North Korea’s economy, internal politics, and relations with other countries and about the stability of the regime?