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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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How Olympic ‘diplomacy’ normalizes North Korea

9th February 2018 – The Hill

How Olympic ‘diplomacy’ normalizes North Korea

Anthony Ruggiero, Mathew Ha

Instead of generating goodwill, North Korea’s participation in the Winter Olympics has demonstrated how rapidly diplomatic engagement can degenerate into a propaganda exercise that benefits only Kim Jong Un. more...

Analysis & Commentary

15th February 2018 – Quoted by Pritha Paul - International Business Times

North Korea Spotted Allegedly Conducting Illegal Trade For A Third Time: Japan

Anthony Ruggiero

According to images taken from a Japanese spy plane, a banned North Korean ship was spotted Tuesday most likely carrying out illegal trade — which, if proven, would be the third time that Pyongyang violated sanctions imposed upon it by the United Nations. more...

15th February 2018 – Quoted by Daniel Blumenthal - Foreign Policy

Give ‘Maximum Pressure’ a Chance

Anthony Ruggiero

Where does U.S. policy toward North Korea stand after Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to the Pyeongchang Olympics opening ceremony in South Korea last week? more...

14th February 2018 – Quoted by Joshua Berlinger and Yoko Wakatsuki - CNN

North Korean ship spotted likely violating sanctions a third time

Anthony Ruggiero

A North Korean tanker has likely violated United Nations sanctions for the third time in recent months, according to authorities in Japan. more...

13th February 2018 – Quoted by Leo Byrne and Hamish Macdonald - NK News

U.S. targets Latvian bank for dealing with sanctioned North Korean entities

Anthony Ruggiero

The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) announced on Tuesday that it is proposing the designation of a Latvian bank which dealt with North Korea as primary laundering concern. more...