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.


Uganda reveals another military contract with North Korea

Language regarding status of contract absent in UN implementation document

Hamish Macdonald July 20, 2016

New Air Koryo planes from U.S. and Europe

Acquisition of light planes show ability for North Korea to purchase equipment indirectly

Hamish Macdonald| Leo Byrne June 24, 2016

Air Koryo’s scheduled Kuwait flights halted since February

Absence of flights on national airliner may indicate impact of UNSC resolution passed in March

Hamish Macdonald May 10, 2016

Satellite imagery reveals Ryomyong Street construction progress

Progress being made on several construction projects as 7th Party Congress approaches

Hamish Macdonald May 4, 2016

Evidence of Pyongyang building collapse inconclusive

NK News investigation, in-country sources cast doubts on media reports

Hamish Macdonald April 28, 2016

U.S. sanctions KPA unit, shipping companies, N. Koreans overseas

New designations include individuals abroad and OMM-affiliated shipping companies

Hamish Macdonald December 8, 2015

Upgrades to N. Korean farm complex include spa, theater, pool

Speed of construction and state media promotion signals import of new facilities

Hamish Macdonald August 28, 2015

Mexican court denies Israeli group’s request to sell N. Korean ship

Isreali law group looking to recoup $330m in damages awarded by U.S. court over abduction 15 years ago

Hamish Macdonald August 6, 2015

N. Korean ship Mu Du Bong now empty – local media

All crew members now repatriated, ship under jurisdiction of Mexican port authority

Hamish Macdonald July 16, 2015

Mu Du Bong crew members repatriation to N.Korea confirmed

However exact number currently left in Mexico still unclear, 21 required in order to sail

Hamish Macdonald July 10, 2015