On October 14, 2022, CKS Faculty member and JSIS Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Social Science, Yong-Chool Ha, published “The Impact of the Ukraine War on Russian–North Korean Relations” in Asian Survey. Co-authored with Professor Beom-Shik Shin, Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Seoul National University, the pair’s work argues how Russian aggression is influencing various aspects of international alignment.
This article examines the impact of the Ukraine war on Russian–North Korean relations at three different levels. At the international level, the war will bring two power groups into confrontation. The closer security cooperation between Russia and China will form an illiberal group that will set the security environment for North Korea to establish a new international identity. At the regional level, Russian–Chinese security alignment will be reinforced, which North Korea will exploit. At the bilateral level, Russian–North Korean relations will be strengthened as Russia’s influence in Northeast Asia wanes.
Linked above, this article is available for free. Congratulations to Professor Ha and Professor Shin on their publication.