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Mathew Ha

Research Associate

Biography:

Mathew Ha is a FDD research associate focusing on North Korea. He focuses on North Korea’s illicit financing, human rights, U.S.-Korea alliance, and inter-Korean relations. He brings experience working with the Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK). He is completing an MA in Asian Studies at Georgetown University with a concentration in politics and security and the Korean peninsula. He holds a BA in World Politics from Hamilton College.

Mathew Ha is a FDD research associate focusing on North Korea. He focuses on North Korea’s illicit financing, human rights, U.S.-Korea alliance, and inter-Korean relations. He brings experience working with the Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK). He is completing an MA in Asian Studies at Georgetown University with a concentration in politics and security and the Korean peninsula. He holds a BA in World Politics from Hamilton College.

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

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...

18th January 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

President Trump Calls Out Russia for Helping North Korean Sanctions Evasion

Mathew Ha, Boris Zilberman

“Russia is not helping us at all with North Korea,” President Trump said yesterday in an Oval Office interview with Reuters. “What China is helping us with, Russia is denting,” the president added. Trump is correct when he accuses Moscow of being complicit in the Kim regime’s efforts to evade sanctions. more...

22nd December 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

North Korean Hackers Target Cryptocurrency Exchange as Part of Larger Economic Warfare Strategy

Mathew Ha, Trevor Logan

Yapizon, which operates the South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Youbit, announced on Tuesday that it would suspend all trading activity and file for bankruptcy following a North Korean cyber attack. Youbit acknowledged that the breach resulted in the theft of 17 percent of the exchange’s total digital assets, consisting of 7.6 billion won, or $7 million worth of cryptocurrencies. more...

19th December 2017 – The Hill

On North Korea, China is no partner

Mathew Ha, David Adesnik

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