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Former Member of the UN Panel of Experts on North Korea Joins RUSI

RUSI is delighted to announce the appointment of Aaron Arnold as a Senior Associate Fellow, effective as of yesterday (04 October 2021). Mr. Arnold will serve as a strategic lead of RUSI’s Counterproliferation Finance (CPF) Programme within the Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies (CFCS).

Aaron Arnold was appointed as the finance and economics expert on the UN Panel of Experts on North Korea by UN Secretary General António Guterres in 2019. Previously, he was a fellow with the Project on Managing the Atom at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Mr. Arnold also spent more than a decade as a non-proliferation subject matter expert at the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Justice Department, where he specialized in WMD counter-proliferation investigations and operations, with an emphasis on threat finance and sanctions evasion.

Tom Keatinge, Director, CFCS / Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies yesterday said:

“Aaron brings a wealth of experience and an intellectual rigour that will surely enrich the pioneering research and accompanying implementation work of our CPF programme, as well as the continued growth of our sanctions analysis. I am thrilled that Aaron will be contributing his expertise to the team.”

Dr Aaron Arnold, Senior Associate Fellow / Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies yesterday said:

“I am honoured by the opportunity to contribute to RUSI’s bold thinking and practical ideas in curbing the threats of illicit finance, particularly in the realm of counterproliferation. I look forward to working with the entire team in continuing and growing the meaningful global impact they’ve had in this space.”


Established in 1831 by the Duke of Wellington, RUSI is an independent think tank, focused on a range of defence, security and geopolitical issues. RUSI’s Centre for Financial Crime and Security (CFCS) is a leading authority on the intersection of finance and security. Since 2015 CFCS has produced ground-breaking research and accompanying capacity-building tools that focus on the financial dimensions of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.


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