May 19, 2024


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 latest hypersonic missile underlines embrace of solid-fuel weapons

Kim Jong Un boasted of solid-propellant arsenal after Hwasong-16B test, but total shift in missile force unlikely

Ankit PandaAnkit PandaApril 4, 2024

What to make of North Korea’s apparent interest in naval nuclear propulsion

Regime appears far off from true maritime deterrent but is relentless in pursuit of second-strike survivability

Ankit PandaAnkit PandaFebruary 13, 2024

How North Korea hopes to fluster US and ROK defenses with cruise missiles

Low altitude and quick launch time make new Pulhwasal series hard to spot in combat, especially if fired from submarine

Ankit PandaAnkit PandaFebruary 5, 2024

What North Korea stands to gain with its new solid-fuel ‘hypersonic’ missile

Demonstration of various delivery systems shows growing technical acumen of DPRK’s missile manufacturing complex

Ankit PandaAnkit PandaJanuary 16, 2024

For first time ever, North Korean ballistic missiles wreak havoc in actual war

Russia’s use of DPRK missiles in Ukraine is major milestone for Pyongyang, and ominous sign for nonproliferation efforts

Ankit PandaAnkit PandaJanuary 8, 2024

North Korea turns a corner with operational exercise of solid-fuel ICBM

After third successful launch of Hwasong-18, DPRK appears primed to focus on demonstrating new capabilities

Ankit PandaAnkit PandaDecember 19, 2023

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
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