DPRK Proliferation –
Finance Related Cryptocurrency Operations

October 5, 2023 | 09:00 AM – 10:15 AM NYC

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75 minutes


  • Andrea Viski | Strategic Trade Research Institute (STRI)
  • Alexandra Langford | Pacific Northwest National Laboratory


Alexander Witt CSS, Sanctions & Export Controls Consultant, ACSS


Thursday, October 5, 2023


  • 09:00 AM – 10:15 AM NYC
  • 02:00 PM – 03:15 PM London
  • 03:00 PM – 04:15 PM Amsterdam


This 75-minute presentation will provide a high-level overview as well as case studies and compliance takeaways regarding how the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) uses cryptocurrencies to evade sanctions. The DPRK has evolved in its methods to work within the international cryptocurrency infrastructure to acquire currencies to fund its ongoing Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) and missile programs. The presentation will highlight the following areas:

  • DPRK’s recent cryptocurrency money laundering & proliferation finance activities
  • Network analysis of DPRK cryptocurrency-related proliferation finance operations
  • Case studies and examples
  • Red flags and effective controls for sanctions compliance professionals

With the use of multiple recent case studies, this webinar will empower sanctions compliance professionals with the information and tools necessary to identify red flags related to the DPRK’s proliferation financing activities. The webinar will detail how the DPRK leverages complex global networks of front companies, individuals, and cryptocurrency services and exchanges to advance its illicit weapons programs. In addition, the webinar will highlight practical compliance measures in light of the ways that the DPRK has adapted and evolved its methods.

Participants will learn:

  • How to identify red flags related to the DPRK’s use of cryptocurrencies to support its illegal WMD and missile programs
  • Sanctions compliance lessons learned and best practices for cryptocurrency-related proliferation finance activities
  • The most current cryptocurrency-related trends, patterns, and operations used by DPRK proliferation networks

During the webinar, participants will have the opportunity to contribute questions online.

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Andrea Viski

Founder and Director
Strategic Trade Research Institute (STRI)

Andrea Viski is the founder and director of the Strategic Trade Research Institute (STRI), a board-governed non-profit organization dedicated to building networks of strategic trade research and practice. Dr. Viski founded the Strategic Trade Review, a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to trade and security, in 2015, and has since served as its Editor-in-Chief. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University where she teaches a course on strategic trade controls and co-developed a master’s certificate on strategic trade and compliance. She is also an Affiliated Expert with CRDF Global, directs the Trade & Investment Security Program at the Stimson Center, and is a Non-Resident Senior Scholar at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies. Dr. Viski has trained thousands of professionals worldwide from both the public and private sectors and has published extensively on export controls, sanctions, foreign direct investment screening, maritime security, proliferation finance, and nuclear security.

Andrea previously worked at Project Alpha within the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, at the European Commission, and at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

Andrea holds a Ph.D. and LL.M from the European University Institute, a Master’s degree from Georgetown University’s Institute for Law, Science, and Global Security, and a Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service.

Alexandra Langford

Counterproliferation Research Analyst
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Alexandra Langford is a Nonproliferation Policy Specialist focusing on counterproliferation financing and sanctions evasion and specializing in North Korean sanctions evasion and proliferation issues with PNNL’s Dual Use and Monitoring team. Before joining PNNL, Alexandra worked with the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, the Stimson Center’s 38 North Program, and the Korean Economic Institute as an Intern. She also has experience teaching in South Korea, as well as teaching English language arts and history in the San Francisco Bay Area. Alexandra graduated from the University of California, San Diego in 2020 with a master’s in International Affairs focusing on International Politics and the Korean Peninsula. She also has a teaching credential from California State University, Fullerton, and a bachelor’s degree in International Relations with a minor in History from the University of California, Irvine. 


Alexander Witt CSS

Sanctions & Export Controls Consultant

Alexander Witt is a Sanctions & Export Control Consultant for the Association of Certified Sanctions Specialists (ACSS). He is an expert in EU, US, and German Sanctions and Export Control Laws and Regulations. Previously Alexander worked as a Sanctions & Export Control Consultant at Full Circle Compliance and as an Export Compliance Officer at Fujifilm Europe in the Netherlands.

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