Soprano State Subterfuge: Mapping North Korean Illicit Networks
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA MONTEREY United States
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This thesis researches the United States approach to the illicit networks in the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea DPRK and, using social network analysis, illuminates characteristics of several networks, thereby providing the U.S. government with options to exert influence over the DPRK regime. As the situation on the Korean Peninsula continues to evolve, it is paramount to look for new approaches that support a peaceful diplomatic resolution or create an advantage over current conditions in anticipation of potential future conflict. The study employs social network analysis of DPRK illicit organizations, networks, and personalities to demonstrate the depth and complexity of the DPRK regime. It shows that while sanctions and international efforts have eroded diplomatic ties in some areas and slowed the regimes weapons proliferation program and its economic sustainment, the sanctions and other efforts have not solvedand will not solvethe problem. Status-quo tactics and penalties are only temporarily and marginally delaying the DPRKs progress in advancing the nuclear weapons and ballistic missile technology. Thus, the United States needs to prepare additional options to preserve its national interests.
- Nuclear Warfare
- Computer Programming and Software