Contributors

NEIL K. WATTS and WILLIAM J. NEWCOMB are former members of the United Nations Panel of Experts on North Korea sanctions established by U.N. Security Council Resolution 1874 in 2009. Watts is a senior research associate at Project Alpha, Kings College London. He served as the maritime expert on the U.N. Panel of Experts for North Korea for five years until 2018. He was also responsible for monitoring North Korea’s navy, including the Sea Launched Ballistic Missile program. Formerly a captain with 30 years of service in the South African Navy, he specialized in surface warfare and weapons systems. Newcomb chairs the North Korea Economic Forum at the Institute of Korean Studies, Elliot School of International Affairs at George Washington University. He is a fellow at the Center for Advanced Defense Studies (C4ADS) and a member of the National Committee on North Korea. A former U.S. government economist, Newcomb was appointed in 2011 by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to serve on the Panel of Experts. He was reappointed to the North Korea sanctions panel for successive mandates as the expert on finance through June 2014. He also served in the U.S. Army from 1970 to 1972.   Featured on Page 14


ASHLEY TAYLOR, a senior collaborator at Compliance and Capacity Skills International, is a member of the first generation of blockchain entrepreneurs. Immersed in the intersection of digital technologies and international security, she is researching how cyberspace is weaponized, including intrusions of computer networks to steal military-grade intellectual property and hacks of technical and compliance databanks that prevent sanctions violations. She is also analyzing national regulations for their application for U.N. sanctions implementation and leading global training for private and public sector professionals in prevention of cyber attacks.  Featured on Page 20


LT. GEN. VINCENT W.F. CHEN is deputy director-general of the National Security Bureau of Taiwan. Prior to his current position, he served as senior advisor at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States from 2016 to 2018. His distinguished military career includes appointments as director-general of the communication development office of the Taiwan Ministry of National Defense; commander of the Taipei Region Command of the Taiwan Army; and director of the Joint Intelligence Center (J2) of the Taiwan Ministry of National Defense. Chen holds a master of national security strategy degree from the U.S. National War College of the National Defense University and an MBA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.  Featured on Page 34


PHILIP J. VALENTI is the international logistics advisor in the multinational logistics branch of the Logistics, Engineering and Security Cooperation Directorate (J4) at the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command. He is responsible for all international logistics agreements, including Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreements. Prior to his federal civilian career, he was a naval officer, serving in a variety of logistics and personnel assignments over a 28-year career.  Featured on Page 54