North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Challenge: Avoiding Financial Derisking

CRDF Global

CRDF Global 1776 Wilson Blvd, Suite 300 Arlington, VA 22209

December 13, 2018, 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm

As UN Security Council Resolutions targeting North Korea's nuclear weapon and missile programs evolve and expand, many countries are challenged to build robust compliance programs across a range of industries. Developing countries often find themselves caught in the crossfire when sanctions and other forms of economic leverage are deployed to pressure countries of proliferation concern. Their ability to develop robust compliance frameworks can factor heavily in their ability to maintain access to the global financial system, as banks in the United States and Europe work to reduce their potential exposure to penalties for noncompliance. Sanctions, while well-intended from an international security perspective, can negatively affect progress towards other international development goals – including financial inclusion for women and other disadvantaged populations.


CRDF Global invites you to join them as they bring together a panel of experts to discuss how developing countries can build their capacity to meet nonproliferation and UN Security Council Resolution obligations as well as development goals without restricting their access to financial services.


This event is particularly relevant to political and economic staff at embassies as well as organizations working in the fields of nonproliferation, international finance, and development assistance. Lunch will be provided starting at 12:00 PM. Please contact Timothy Westmyer at CRDF Global ([email protected]) if you have any questions about the event.


This event is made possible by the generous support of the United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office.


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Togzhan Kassenova is a Senior Non-resident Scholar at the Institute for International Science and Technology Policy at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University and a non-resident fellow in the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment. She has extensively studied the challenges involved in the implementation of international controls on proliferation financing and is a certified anti-money laundering specialist (CAMS). She was previously a senior research associate at the University of Georgia’s Center for International Trade and Security in Washington, DC, a postdoctoral fellow at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, and an adjunct faculty member at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. From 2011 to 2015, she served as a member of the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters.​​​​​​​

Jenny Town is a Research Analyst at the Stimson Center and the Managing Editor and Producer of “38 North,” a web journal that provides policy and technical analysis on North Korea. She is the former Assistant Director of the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies where she focused on North Korea, US-DPRK relations, US-ROK alliance, and Northeast Asia regional security. She is an expert reviewer for Freedom House’s Freedom in the World Index, where she previously worked on the Human Rights in North Korea Project. She is an Associate Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute at SAIS, a Member of the National Committee on North Korea, and an Associate Member of the Council of Korean Americans. She also serves on the Editorial Board for Inkstick, an online foreign policy journal for emerging scholars.



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