Emilie-Louise Purdie

Head of Research for the SNP in Westminster

Emilie-Louise Purdie is Head of Research for the SNP at Westminster, focused on building a feminist foreign policy and avid skateboarder.

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United States inconsistency complicates cooperation with Russia on DPRK

Setting the tone for a potential shift in the US's policy of multilateral cooperation over North Korea, Joseph Yun, the US Special Representative for North Korea, visited Moscow from April 4-6. There he met with Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov, where both parties expressed mutual concerns over North Korea's developing missile program.  

International Cooperation over North Korea: Possibilities and Limitations for Russia

North Korea's fourth nuclear test followed by an orbital rocket launch has presented the Russian Federation with another opportunity to find common ground with other global powers and demonstrate leadership in international affairs. But this objective is complicated by policy differences between itself and its partners in Beijing, Washington and to a lesser extent Seoul.

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Nuclear-free Mongolia: a model for northeast Asia?

For some countries, the response to grave feelings of national vulnerability has been the acquisition of nuclear weapons. This is especially true in Northeast Asia, where some countries either already have nuclear weapons (China and North Korea), or have had serious debates about acquiring them (such as in South Korea). Nuclear disarmament in Northeast Asia is hindered by both domestic and external factors. Yet the global disarmament movement, and, specifically, advocates for denuclearisation in Northeast Asia have an unlikely yet powerful model of hope – Mongolia.

North Korea-Russia Rapprochement: A Setback for a Non-Nuclear Korea?

Through the second half of the twentieth century, North Korea’s communist regime managed to survive in large part thanks to the backing of its key ally, the USSR. Post-Cold War Russia later modified its position toward its old Cold War ally, and bilateral relations became damaged when the then-USSR established diplomatic ties with South Korea in 1990.

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