Constructing a rogue state: American post-cold war security discourse and North Korean drug trafficking

Sovacool, Benjamin K (2006) Constructing a rogue state: American post-cold war security discourse and North Korean drug trafficking. New Political Science, 27 (4). pp. 497-520. ISSN 0739-3148

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Abstract

Through an analysis of government reports, political testimony, influential periodicals and interviews, this paper holds that claims of North Korean drug trafficking and producing are greatly exaggerated. An assessment of the 1999 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, 1999 North Korea Advisory Group Report, 2000 International Crime Threat Assessment, and 2004 United Nations Report on World Drugs, among other sources, reveals only inconclusive and anecdotal support for the contention that North Korea is a drug state. This lack of reliable intelligence allows American security analysts to construct North Korea as a drug sponsoring country, making the “truth” about North Korea's relationship to drugs come from endless repetition rather than sustained analysis. As a result, US approaches towards security and drug policy in the region need to be reexamined and contextualized.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Depositing User: Benjamin Sovacool
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2015 11:32
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2016 15:36
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/58092
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