August 13, 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.


Masikryong ski resort undergoing expansion, images reveal

Site has long been a marquee project for DPRK leadership, though humanitarian concerns persist

Hamish Macdonald October 19, 2018

The 8th Rason International Trade Exhibition in review: foreign forays and sanctions

114 foreign and domestic companies present at August event, photos reveal

Hamish Macdonald September 21, 2018

North Korea continues construction at Nampho oil terminal

Facility identified by U.S. as an offloading point for illegally obtained oil

Hamish Macdonald| Leo Byrne September 11, 2018

The 8th Rason International Trade Exhibition in review: domestic firms

Majority of North Korean entities advertising health supplements, medicines and pharmaceuticals

Hamish Macdonald September 6, 2018

Civilians involved in hard manual labor in Samjiyon, photos and testimony reveal

Civilians observed digging foundations for new buildings by hand, source says

Hamish Macdonald July 26, 2018

In photos: Company list from the 21st Pyongyang Spring International Trade Fair

169 entities listed in official trade fair brochure

Hamish Macdonald July 13, 2018

Sanctioned companies continue to appear at North Korean trade fair

May saw hundreds of entities - many with murky ties - take part in the Pyongyang expo

Hamish Macdonald July 12, 2018

Despite stricter sanctions, signs of overland oil trade on DPRK-Russian border

Satellite imagery reveals multiple developments in Tumangang within past 18 months


Despite sanctions, N. Korea upgrades coal, oil, and container facilities at Nampo

Multiple developments seen since expansion of UN sectoral restrictions in 2016

Hamish Macdonald| Leo Byrne April 17, 2018

EXCLUSIVE: U.S. proposes new North Korea designations at the UN

Proposed designations closely resemble U.S. Treasury's February 23 measures

Hamish Macdonald March 30, 2018