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Christopher Green

Senior Consultant, Korean Peninsula

Crisis Group Role

Christopher Green leads Crisis Group's work on Korea, delivering timely analysis of inter-Korean, alliance and regional concerns. He worked for Crisis Group in an identical role from 2017-2019, then returned in 2021.

Professional Background

Christopher Green lectures on Korea at Leiden University in the Netherlands. Before joining Crisis Group, he spent more than a decade on the Korean Peninsula, first and foremost as manager of the international department of Daily NK, a media company that reports inside news from North Korea via a network of citizen journalists inside the country. He has published widely on North Korean politics, economy and culture over a period of more than 25 years, and is the translator of the memoir of Hwang Jang-yop, a senior North Korean official who defected to the South in 1997.

Areas of Expertise

  • Authoritarian rule and state collapse
  • Korean Peninsula politics and media
  • North Korean migration and resettlement
  • Post-communist economic reform and transition

Languages

  • English
  • Korean

In The News

13 May 2022
The [North Korean] missile tests are meant to signal business as usual, and to ensure that others keep North Korea at arm’s length while it copes with a crisis. Financial Times

Christopher Green

Senior Consultant, Korean Peninsula
22 Apr 2022
North Korea is attempting to pit South Korean advocates of engagement and advocates of containment against each other. Financial Times

Christopher Green

Senior Consultant, Korean Peninsula
14 Mar 2019
Any US government that is serious about making headway with NK in negotiations should be quietly funding info freedom activities as well. Twitter

Christopher Green

Senior Consultant, Korean Peninsula
28 Feb 2019
For the U.S., it would be politically unacceptable and a terrible idea to trade all economic sanctions for the dismantlement of Yongbyon, as Kim seems to have demanded. Reuters

Christopher Green

Senior Consultant, Korean Peninsula
28 Feb 2019
The @realDonaldTrump and @SecPompeo presser this afternoon was revealing, & seems to give contours of a path forward. For one thing, Trump emphasized productivity of discussion and positivity of tone on all sides. Doesn't mean it wasn't a setback, but talks will likely continue. Twitter

Christopher Green

Senior Consultant, Korean Peninsula
26 Jul 2018
Broadly speaking, one side [the U.S.] wants denuclearization first, normalization of relations later, and the other [North Korea] wants normalization of relations first, then denuclearization later. Reuters

Christopher Green

Senior Consultant, Korean Peninsula

Latest Updates

Commentary / Asia

North Korea Policy under the New South Korean President: More Continuity than Change

On 9 March, South Koreans voted a conservative, Yoon Suk-yeol, into the presidency to replace the left-leaning Moon Jae-in. Yoon has taken a harder rhetorical line than his predecessor toward Pyongyang. But a dramatic shift in North Korea policy is unlikely.

Commentary / Asia

Making Sense of North Korea’s Spate of Missile Tests

Pyongyang’s string of missile tests at the turn of 2022 indicates its discontent with how diplomacy has sputtered on the Korean peninsula since the 2019 summit. Fresh overtures may fall short of bringing it back to the table, but they are worth a try.

Q&A / Asia

North Korea Plots a Course of “Heavy Agony” for 2022

The latest five-day plenum of North Korea’s ruling party focused on food insecurity, chief among the nation’s challenges. With the pandemic not yet tamed and other uncertainty on the international scene, Pyongyang may continue refraining from major provocations into 2022, but for how long is unclear.

Commentary / Asia

Behind the Korean Peninsula “Arms Race”

North and South Korea have recently staged displays of military prowess, causing some to worry about an accelerating arms race. But both countries were playing politics. Any uptick in tensions is likely to come after the Beijing Olympics and South Korean elections in March 2022.

Q&A / United States

All Eyes on Tangible Results from U.S.-North Korea Summit

The North Korean and U.S. leaders enter their second summit under pressure to achieve concrete progress toward their respective goals, sanctions relief and denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula. Crisis Group Senior Adviser Christopher Green suggests risk reduction measures each side can take.