Past eventResearch Event

North Korea-Africa Relations: Engagements and International Tensions

7 February 2018 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Chatham House, London


Grant Harris, CEO, Harris Africa Partners LLC; Special Assistant to the US President and Senior Director for African Affairs, White House (2011-15)
Chair: Dr Champa Patel, Head, Asia Programme, Chatham House



As tensions between Washington and Pyongyang continue to rise, African states are under increased pressure from US-led UN efforts to sever links with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea).

North Korea-Africa relations date back to the Cold War with Pyongyang having provided substantial financial and military support to independence movements across Africa and military and security links between North Korea and Africa – primarily centred on munitions, training and maintenance – persist today regardless of UN sanctions. 

At this event, Grant Harris, CEO of Harris Africa Partners LLC and special assistant to the US president and senior director for African affairs at the White House from 2011 to 2015, will examine current trends in North Korea-Africa relations and why engagement continues despite increasing pressures from the UN.