February 26, 2024


Markus V. Garlauskas

Markus V. Garlauskas

Markus V. Garlauskas led the U.S. intelligence community’s strategic analysis on North Korea as the National Intelligence Officer for North Korea from July 2014 to June 2020, after serving in U.S. Forces Korea for twelve years. Following the conclusion of his appointment to the Senior National Intelligence Service, he joined the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security of the Atlantic Council as a nonresident senior fellow with its Asia Security Initiative. He also teaches a graduate course titled “Strategic Analysis: North Korea” for Georgetown University’s Security Studies Program. Follow him on Twitter.


Kim Yo Jong found her own voice, but she’s far from taking North Korea’s throne

Kim Jong Un’s sister is not his “number two,” but she does have a unique role in messaging Seoul and Washington

Markus V. GarlauskasMarkus V. GarlauskasFebruary 15, 2021

Party Congress: What Biden should expect from North Korea going forward

Kim has set North Korea’s course, and the new U.S. president should keep any expectations for diplomacy flexible and low

Markus V. GarlauskasMarkus V. GarlauskasJanuary 14, 2021

What North Korea’s October military parade means for US policymakers

COVID-19 and sanctions are hurting, but not enough to cause North Korea to strategically change its course

Markus V. GarlauskasMarkus V. GarlauskasOctober 19, 2020

Sister act: North Korea ups the ante with an increasingly outspoken Kim Yo Jong

Pyongyang knows that international focus is on the leader's sister — and that her statements will get Trump's attention

Markus V. GarlauskasMarkus V. GarlauskasJuly 14, 2020

What the re-emergence of Kim Yong Chol could mean for North Korean policymaking

Given the hardline official's past provocations, putting him back in play offers hints at Kim Jong Un's thinking

Markus V. GarlauskasMarkus V. GarlauskasJuly 8, 2020