April 24, 2024


Hamish Macdonald

Hamish Macdonald

Hamish Macdonald is an Associate Fellow at RUSI who formerly worked on Project SANDSTONE and formerly a journalist and researcher who has focused uniquely on North Korea related topics and affairs. He was previously the COO of the Korea Risk Group, which produces the NK News and NK Pro. Specialising in this area, his investigations covered topics including North Korean sanctions evasion activities, domestic economic development and human rights.


North Korean coal smuggling route to China rebounds to pre-COVID activity levels

At least 17 DPRK-linked ships traversed Chinese waters as authorities turn a blind eye to illicit shipping


North Korea sanctions evasion efforts detailed in UN’s latest PoE report

Report shows a wide range of violations due to poor enforcement, foreign intermediaries and evasion

Hamish MacdonaldHamish MacdonaldMarch 12, 2019

Zimbabwe says it ordered expulsion of North Koreans affiliated with Mansudae

Decision taken to comply with UNSC resolutions, spokesperson says

Hamish MacdonaldHamish MacdonaldMarch 5, 2019

North Korea in February 2019: a month in review and what’s ahead

An analytic look at the main developments of the February 1-February 28 period

Chloe JooChloe Joo | Hamish MacdonaldMarch 5, 2019
Expert Surveys

The Hanoi summit: experts react

DPRK watchers weigh in on the second Trump-Kim meeting summit and the apparent impasse in Hanoi

Hamish MacdonaldHamish MacdonaldFebruary 28, 2019

North Korean foreign ministry delegation en route to China: KCNA

Visit comes amid a broader warming of Sino-DPRK diplomatic ties

Hamish MacdonaldHamish MacdonaldFebruary 28, 2019

Spain investigating alleged incident at North Korean embassy in Madrid

Reports of robbery and hostage taking spark inquiry by local authorities

Hamish MacdonaldHamish MacdonaldFebruary 27, 2019

North Korea committed to dismantling uranium, plutonium facilities: White House

U.S. prepared to "mobilize investment, improve infrastructure, enhance food security, and more"

Hamish MacdonaldHamish MacdonaldFebruary 22, 2019

Trump withholding information on North Korea, congressmen claim

Chairmen raise concerns about "disconnect" between intel community and administration on DPRK

Hamish MacdonaldHamish MacdonaldFebruary 21, 2019

Daughter of North Korean diplomat returned to DPRK last year, Italy confirms

Italian foreign ministry says that Jo Song Gil's daughter returned to North Korea in November

Hamish MacdonaldHamish MacdonaldFebruary 20, 2019
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