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The Korea Now Podcast

May 20, 2019

This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with George Lopez. They speak about the theory behind the application of sanctions, the history of sanctions around the world, how sanctions regimes have evolved over time, their effectiveness in achieving desired outcomes, which sanctions – and for which purposes – work best, how sanctions have been applied to North Korea, how North Korea were able to achieve a Nuclear Weapon regardless, how this sanctions regime was tightened in 2016, the ability of North Korea to constantly evade the restrictions, and what sanctions on North Korea should look like if they are to be effective into the future.

George Lopez is the Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., Professor Emeritus of Peace Studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, and has served on the United Nations Security Council panel of experts for North Korean sanctions. He has been the Vice-President of the United States Institute of Peace, and is the author/editor of ‘The Sanctions Decade: Assessing UN Strategies in the 1990s’ and ‘Putting Teeth in the Tiger: Improving the Effectiveness of Arms Embargoes’. Pertinent to this podcast George has done a number of important lectures on peacebuilding (, comparative sanctions (, North Korea (, and summit diplomacy (

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