North Korea's Strategic Culture and Its Evolving Nuclear Strategy

By Dr. Shane Smith


This book chapter, published in Crossing Nuclear Thresholds: Leveraging Sociocultural Insights into Nuclear Decisionmaking (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), assesses how North Korea’s peculiar strategic culture might impact its decisions over nuclear doctrine and command and control arrangements, should Pyongyang continue its drive for an operational nuclear weapons capability.