Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 2018. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Hardcover. xii, 261,  pages. Map. Notes. Selected Bibliography. Index. Cover has slight wear and soiling. Pub. ephemera laid in. Bruce E. Bechtol, Jr. (Ph.D. Union Institute), ICAS Fellow, is an award winning professor of political science and a retired Marine. He was formerly on the faculty at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College (2005–2010) and the Air Command and Staff College (2003–2005). Dr. Bechtol was an intelligence officer at the Defense Intelligence Agency from 1997 until 2003, serving as the senior analyst for Northeast Asia in the Intelligence Directorate (J2) on the Joint Staff in the Pentagon. He served as editor of the Defense Intelligence Journal from 2004 to 2005. He is the author of North Korea and Regional Security in the Kim Jong-un Era: A New International Security Dilemma, The Last Days of Kim Jong-Il: The North Korean Threat in a Changing Era, Defiant Failed State: The North Korean Threat to International Security, and Red Rogue: The Persistent Challenge of North Korea. Bruce E. Bechtol Jr. analyzes relevant North Korean military capabilities, what arms the nation provides, and to whom, how it skirts its sanctions, and how North Korea's activities can best be contained. He traces illicit networks that lead to state and nonstate actors in the Middle East, including Syria, Iran, Hezbollah, and Hamas, and throughout Africa, including at least a dozen nations. The potential proliferation of nuclear and chemical weapons technology and the vehicles that carry it, including ballistic missiles and artillery, represent a broader threat than the leadership in Pyongyang. Including training and infrastructure support, North Korea's profits may range into the billions of dollars, all concealed in illicit networks and front companies so complex that the nation struggles to track and control them. Bechtol not only presents an accurate picture of the current North Korean threat he also outlines methodologies that Washington and the international community must embrace in order to contain it. Condition: Very good.
Keywords: North Korea, Pyongyang, Proliferation, Ballistic Missiles, Conventional Weapons, Middle East, Kim Jong-un, No Dong, A. Q. Khan, Chemical Weapons, Plutonium, Sanctions, Scud, Terrorism, UN Panel of Experts, Weapons of Mass Destruction