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North Korea’s asymmetrical provocations heighten the security environment, thereby preventing the employment of alternative forms of conflict transformation and peace-building operations to facilitate peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula. Strategically containing those provocations by employing electronic and cyber warfare may provide the opening needed to introduce a new concerted, multilateral, multi-pronged strategic approach to transform the conflict dynamics, stabilize the regional and domestic environment, and facilitate peace.  Part one of the article provides readers with a general overview of electronic warfare (EW), cyber warfare (CW), cyberspace (CS), the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS), electromagnetic pulse (EMP) weapons, and North Korea’s capabilities.  Part two utilizes the information provided in part one to make the argument as to why a strategic EW/CW containment doctrine is needed, and outlines some of its parameters.  Part three concludes that a EW/CW containment doctrine can only be one pillar of a new concerted, multilateral, multi-pronged strategic approach to bringing lasting peace to the Korean Peninsula.

This article was originally published in IPP Review, to read the complete article click here.

About the authors:
Rachael M. Rudolph is a lecturer and researcher at Webster University’s Thailand Campus. Nhan (“Nathan”) Tran is presently a researcher based in Vietnam and an incoming graduate student at Chulalongkorn University for the fall 2017 academic year.