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Anthony Ruggiero

Senior Fellow

Areas of Impact:

North Korea

Biography:

Anthony spent more than 17 years in the U.S. government as an expert in the use of targeted financial measures. Most recently he was a Foreign Policy Fellow in the Office of Senator Marco Rubio, where he drafted Iran-related legislation and was Senator Rubio’s senior advisor on issues related to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Anthony is recognized as an expert in targeted financial measures as a foreign policy tool and has extensive experience working on non-proliferation, North Korea, and Iran.

Anthony spent more than 17 years in the U.S. government as an expert in the use of targeted financial measures. Most recently he was a Foreign Policy Fellow in the Office of Senator Marco Rubio, where he drafted Iran-related legislation and was Senator Rubio’s senior advisor on issues related to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Anthony is recognized as an expert in targeted financial measures as a foreign policy tool and has extensive experience working on non-proliferation, North Korea, and Iran.

Anthony also served in the Treasury Department as Deputy Director and then Director of the Office of Global Affairs (OGA) in the Office of Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes. In this capacity, he developed and implemented policy options to combat all forms of illicit finance, including terrorist financing and proliferation finance, kidnapping for ransom, money laundering, narco-trafficking, and transnational organized crime. Anthony supervised the Asia and Africa division of OGA concurrent with his responsibilities as Deputy Director.

Prior to joining Treasury, Anthony spent over 13 years in various capacities at State Department, including as Chief of the Defensive Measures and WMD Finance Team. There he developed, coordinated and implemented policies on counter-proliferation and WMD financing related to Iran and North Korea. Anthony was Non-Proliferation Advisor to the U.S. delegation to the 2005 rounds of the Six-Party Talks in Beijing on North Korea’s nuclear program, and participated in U.S.-North Korea meetings following the identification of Macau-based Banco Delta Asia as a primary money laundering concern. He also was an intelligence analyst covering North Korean nuclear and missile programs and proliferation activities.

Anthony holds a BA from Duquesne University, an MS in National Security Strategy from the National War College and an MPIA from the University of Pittsburgh.

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In Korea, the Same Old Tricks from a Brand New Kim

17th May 2018 – The National Interest

In Korea, the Same Old Tricks from a Brand New Kim

Anthony Ruggiero, David Adesnik

North Korea long ago mastered the art of playing hard to get with American diplomats eager—or even desperate—to make a deal. Pyongyang’s sudden threatto cancel the June 12 summit in Singapore shows that Kim Jong-un has learned how to play the same games as his father and grandfather. more...

Analysis & Commentary

17th May 2018 – The National Interest

In Korea, the Same Old Tricks from a Brand New Kim

Anthony Ruggiero, David Adesnik

North Korea long ago mastered the art of playing hard to get with American diplomats eager—or even desperate—to make a deal. Pyongyang’s sudden threatto cancel the June 12 summit in Singapore shows that Kim Jong-un has learned how to play the same games as his father and grandfather. more...

16th May 2018 – Quoted by Zachary Cohen, Sophie Jeong, Yoonjung Seo - CNN

North Korea warns US as it suspends South Korea talks over military drills

Anthony Ruggiero

North Korea has threatened to cancel the planned summit between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un scheduled for June 12 in Singapore, saying the US should carefully consider the fate of the upcoming meeting, in view of what it calls "provocative military disturbances with South Korea," North Korea's state news agency reported early Wednesday local time. more...

16th May 2018 – Quoted by Michael Gordon, Nancy Youssef, and Jonathan Cheng - The Wall Street Journal

U.S. Brushes Off Pyongyang’s Tough Talk, Proceeds With Planning for Summit

Anthony Ruggiero

President Donald Trump is still planning to hold a summit meeting in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, U.S. officials said, brushing off sharp comments by one of Pyongyang’s senior diplomats that caught the Trump administration by surprise. more...

16th May 2018 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Anthony Ruggiero

FDD's Anthony Ruggiero joins the John Batchelor show to discuss North Korea's threats to cancel the summit meeting with President Trump. more...