CRS Products and Experts on North Korea

North Korea has posed one of the most persistent U.S. foreign policy challenges of the post-Cold War period. With recent advances in its nuclear and missile capabilities under leader Kim Jong-un, North Korea has become a grave security threat to the United States and its allies. Beginning in January 2018, North Korea launched a diplomatic campaign of engagement with South Korea, the United States, China, and other countries that produced an inter-Korean summit in late April. As of early May 2018, plans were underway for a summit between President Donald J. Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Below is a selective list of CRS products covering North Korea, followed by a list of CRS experts and their contact information.

In addition to the products listed below, a number of CRS products on other countries (e.g., U.S.-Taiwan relations) may discuss those countries’ relations with North Korea. For more, see CRS.gov or contact one of the authors below.

CRS Products and Experts on North Korea

June 21, 2018 (R45056)

North Korea has posed one of the most persistent U.S. foreign policy challenges of the post-Cold War period. With recent advances in its nuclear and missile capabilities under leader Kim Jong-un, North Korea has become a grave security threat to the United States and its allies. Beginning in January 2018, North Korea launched a diplomatic campaign of engagement with South Korea, the United States, China, and other countries that produced an inter-Korean summit in late April. As of early May 2018, plans were underway for a summit between President Donald J. Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Below is a selective list of CRS products covering North Korea, followed by a list of CRS experts and their contact information.

CRS has several types of general distribution products:

  • CRS Insights are 1,000-word discussions, often written in the manner of a blog, designed to provide information and analysis for a short time period.
  • CRS In-Focus products are two-page briefs.
  • CRS Reports are full-length analyses.
  • CRS Congressional Distribution Memoranda are prepared for a focused audience or for a specific event (for example, documentation for a conference committee or a markup). These are available to Members of Congress and their staff from the author, by request.

In addition to the products listed below, a number of CRS products on other countries (e.g., U.S.-Taiwan relations) may discuss those countries' relations with North Korea. For more, see CRS.gov or contact one of the authors below.

Products Covering 2018 North Korea-Related Issues

CRS In Focus IF10246, U.S.-North Korea Relations, by [author name scrubbed] and [author name scrubbed]

CRS In Focus IF10467, Possible U.S. Policy Approaches to North Korea, by [author name scrubbed] and [author name scrubbed]

CRS Insight IN10916, The June 12 Trump-Kim Jong-un Summit, by [author name scrubbed] and [author name scrubbed]

CRS Report R45033, Nuclear Negotiations with North Korea, by [author name scrubbed], [author name scrubbed], and [author name scrubbed]

CRS Report R45169, A Peace Treaty with North Korea?, by [author name scrubbed] et al.

CRS In Focus IF10472, North Korea's Nuclear and Ballistic Missile Programs, by [author name scrubbed] and [author name scrubbed]

CRS Report R44994, The North Korean Nuclear Challenge: Military Options and Issues for Congress, coordinated by [author name scrubbed]

CRS Report R41438, North Korea: Legislative Basis for U.S. Economic Sanctions, by [author name scrubbed]

CRS Report R44912, North Korean Cyber Capabilities: In Brief, by [author name scrubbed] et al.

Related Products on South Korea-U.S. Relations

CRS In Focus IF10165, South Korea: Background and U.S. Relations, by [author name scrubbed], [author name scrubbed], and [author name scrubbed]

CRS Report R41259, North Korea: U.S. Relations, Nuclear Diplomacy, and Internal Situation, coordinated by [author name scrubbed]

CRS Report R44950, Redeploying U.S. Nuclear Weapons to South Korea: Background and Implications in Brief, by [author name scrubbed] and [author name scrubbed]

CRS In Focus IF10733, U.S.-South Korea FTA (KORUS), coordinated by [author name scrubbed]

Products on North Korea-Related Legislation

CRS Report R43835, State Sponsors of Acts of International Terrorism—Legislative Parameters: In Brief, by [author name scrubbed]

CRS In Focus IF10694, Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, by [author name scrubbed], [author name scrubbed], and [author name scrubbed]

CRS In Focus IF10805, Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATS Act) Deadlines, Time Frames, and Start Dates, by [author name scrubbed]

Archived Products on North Korea

CRS Report R41259, North Korea: U.S. Relations, Nuclear Diplomacy, and Internal Situation, coordinated by [author name scrubbed]

CRS Report RL34256, North Korea's Nuclear Weapons: Technical Issues, by [author name scrubbed]

CRS Report R43480, Iran-North Korea-Syria Ballistic Missile and Nuclear Cooperation, coordinated by [author name scrubbed]

CRS Report R40095, Foreign Assistance to North Korea, by [author name scrubbed] and [author name scrubbed]

CRS Report R43865, North Korea: Back on the State Sponsors of Terrorism List?, by [author name scrubbed] et al.

CRS Report RL31696, North Korea: Economic Sanctions Prior to Removal from Terrorism Designation, by [author name scrubbed]

CRS Report RL30811, North-South Korean Relations: A Chronology of Events in 2000 and 2001, by [author name scrubbed]

CRS Report RL32743, North Korea: A Chronology of Events, October 2002-December 2004, by [author name scrubbed], [author name scrubbed], and [author name scrubbed]

CRS Report RL33389, North Korea: A Chronology of Events in 2005, by [author name scrubbed], [author name scrubbed], and [author name scrubbed]

Table 1. CRS Experts on North Korea

Issue

Name

Phone

Email

General North Korea issues, including overall U.S. North Korea policy

 

Mark Manyin

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

 

[author name scrubbed]

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

North Korea's military capabilities and the U.S. military response

Nuclear Capabilities

Mary Beth Nikitin

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Missiles and Missile Defense

Steven Hildreth

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Cyber Capabilities

Catherine Theohary

7- 0844

[email address scrubbed]

U.S. Military Planning

Kathleen McInnis

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Sanctions

 

Dianne Rennack

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Legislation relating to North Korea

 

Dianne Rennack

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

North Korea's economy

 

Mark Manyin

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

North Korea-China relations

 

Susan Lawrence

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Note: For requests in other topic areas, please contact CRS Inquiry ([phone number scrubbed]).

Author Contact Information

[author name scrubbed], Specialist in Asian Affairs ([email address scrubbed], [phone number scrubbed])