Author Biography

Bruce E. Bechtol, Jr., is a former intelligence officer with the Defense Intelligence Agency and a retired Marine who has lived and worked in Korea. He received his Ph.D. from the Union Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio, and currently serves as Professor of International Relations at the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College. In addition to being author of Red Rogue: The Persistent Challenge of North Korea (Potomac Books, 2007) he has written nearly two dozen articles dealing with Korean security issues in peer-reviewed journals to include the Korea Observer, the International Journal of Korean Studies, Comparative Strategy, Pacific Focus, the Air and Space Power Journal, the East Asian Review, and the International Journal of Korean Unification Studies. He is the author of the forthcoming book, Defiant Failed State: The North Korean Threat to International Security, (Dulles, VA: Potomac Books, 2010, forthcoming).



Subject Area Keywords

DPRK-North Korea, Foreign policy, History, Russia, Terrorism / counterterrorism, Weapons of mass destruction


The DPRK's (Democratic People's Republic of Korea or North Korea) support for terrorism began as an ideologically-based policy financed by the Soviet Union that eventually led to a policy designed to put money into the coffers of the elite in Pyongyang—in short, a "proliferation for hire" policy. This article articulates a brief history of the North Korean regime, the rise to power of Kim Il-sung and his son, Kim Jong-il, and North Korea's persistent support to terrorist groups around the globe.