September 23, 2020


Hamish Macdonald

Hamish Macdonald is an Associate Fellow at RUSI working 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 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 Joo| Hamish Macdonald March 5, 2019

Pyongyang petrol prices fall to lowest levels since April 2017: data

Cost of diesel remains stable, however

Hamish Macdonald January 30, 2019

Price of diesel in Pyongyang at highest level so far this year

Price increase continues after jump observed in November, though numbers are still lower than 2017 peak pricing

Hamish Macdonald December 14, 2018

Satellite imagery time lapse shows continued activity at North Korean coal facilities

Traffic in 2018 is reduced when visually compared to the previous year, however

Hamish Macdonald| Leo Byrne November 30, 2018

Chinese upgrading infrastructure along border with North Korea: satellite imagery

Multiple small and large-scale projects under development as hopes of renewed trade soar

Hamish Macdonald November 27, 2018

The 14th Pyongyang Autumn Trade Fair: Chinese firms loom large

Over 140 PRC-based firms attended fair, with some advertising goods subject to sectoral sanctions

Hamish Macdonald November 15, 2018

Traffic, construction continues at controversial North Korean oil facility

Additional construction seen via satellite in Nampho since March

Hamish Macdonald| Leo Byrne November 9, 2018

The 14th Pyongyang Autumn Trade Fair: breaking down the domestic attendance

Sanctioned entities continue to appear, while advertising spotlights domestic tech, finance, and healthcare firms

Hamish Macdonald November 9, 2018
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