Melissa Hanham
Senior Research Associate
James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies & META Lab
Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

"North Korea’s Nuclear Capabilities & Open Source Data Analysis "

Wednesday, March 29, 4:00 PM

Abstract:   North Korea regularly publishes propaganda pieces highlighting their nuclear and missile capabilities. Some of these images and video are faked, but others accidentally reveal too much about their WMD programs. How can those outside the intelligence community analyze this data using technology, and what are the consequences?

Bio:   Melissa Hanham is a Senior Research Associate in the East Asia Nonproliferation Program (EANP) at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS), as well as the Mixed-Methods, Evaluation, Training & Analysis (META) Lab.

Her regional interests include the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, North Korean WMD procurement and proliferation networks, China’s nuclear posture, and East Asian security. She also studies Chinese, South Korean, and Japanese nuclear exports, as well as East and Southeast Asian export control systems.

Melissa supports MIIS' research by investigating new techniques in open source geospatial analysis, incorporating imagery and other remote sensing data, large data sets, social media, 3D modeling, and GIS mapping. She teaches “Geospatial Tools for Nonproliferation Analysis” at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, and is a regular contributor to Arms Control Wonk and Bellingcat.

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