December 07, 2023


Ankit Panda

Ankit Panda

Ankit Panda is the Stanton Senior Fellow in the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and editor-at-large at The Diplomat. Follow him on Twitter.


North Korea’s new spy satellite could prevent conflict, but also abet attacks

Eyes in sky may give DPRK better idea of allied force movements, reducing uncertainty in crisis but improving targeting

Ankit PandaAnkit PandaNovember 22, 2023

North Korea debuts next stage in topsy-turvy development of solid-fuel missiles

Tests of new intermediate-range missile engines follow solid-fuel ICBM success and lay groundwork for flight testing

Ankit PandaAnkit PandaNovember 15, 2023

How two Koreas’ embrace of missile capabilities has amplified conflict risks

Lowering likelihood of North Korean nuclear use has emerged as primary task in near term, eclipsing denuclearization

Ankit PandaAnkit PandaNovember 7, 2023

North Korea’s nuclear ambitions reach new stage with ballistic missile submarine

Hero Kim Kun Ok may not reach depths of others but multiple launch modes can fluster US and allied targeting in crisis

Ankit PandaAnkit PandaSeptember 8, 2023

Despite second launch failure, North Korea takes step toward spy satellite goals

DPRK is rapidly iterating on military spy satellite and launch vehicle, which flew farther than during first test in May

Ankit PandaAnkit PandaAugust 25, 2023

Kim Jong Un’s arms factory visits show sanctions not halting weapons advances

Mass-production capabilities are wake-up call to how well North Korea has adapted defense ambitions to sanctions regime

Ankit PandaAnkit PandaAugust 10, 2023

At parade, North Korea showcases a powerful asset — Chinese and Russian backing

Foreign delegations send message DRPK’s allies can tolerate its nukes, as military rolls out ICBMs and underwater drones

Ankit PandaAnkit PandaJuly 28, 2023

A remarkable success: North Korea stuns with second test of solid-fuel ICBM

Hwasong-18 flew higher and longer than any previous missile, but how DPRK has achieved such feats remains a mystery

Ankit PandaAnkit PandaJuly 13, 2023

US reassures Seoul over North Korean threats, with eye on ROK nuclear debate

Washington Declaration provides important updates to alliance but risks encouraging South Korean nuke advocates

Ankit PandaAnkit PandaApril 28, 2023

With new solid-fuel ICBM, North Korea can launch strike on US faster than ever

Hwasong-18 makes preemption more difficult, diversifying Kim Jong Un’s arsenal of less responsive liquid-fuel missiles

Ankit PandaAnkit PandaApril 14, 2023
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