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Robert M. Collins is a retired political analyst with 37 years in the Department of Defense. His focus is on Korean and Northeast Asian security issues. He served for 31 years in South Korea with United States Forces Korea and the Combined Forces Command. Mr. Collins holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations from Dankook University, Seoul, Korea.
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Authored by Dr. Paul Rexton Kan, Dr. Bruce E. Bechtol, Jr., Mr. Robert M. Collins.
North Korea’s criminal conduct—smuggling, trafficking and counterfeiting—is well known, but the portion of the government, Office Number 39, which directs it, is understudied or overlooked. This shadowy part of an already opaque government is examined to reveal how it conducts its activities and supports the longevity of the regime.