Samantha Pitz

Research and Production Assistant

38 North

Samantha Pitz is a Research Assistant at the Stimson Center and the Production Assistant for “38 North,” a web journal that provides policy and technical analysis on North Korea. Prior to joining Stimson, she was a Research Assistant at the US-Korea Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She holds a B.A. in International and Area Studies from Washington University in St. Louis.

Projects

In partnership with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, a commercial satellite imagery analysis series focused on the North Korean economy

Informed Analysis of North Korea: 38 North provides high-quality research, analysis and commentary on a broad range of topics related to North Korea

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Policy Paper
North Korea’s Hydroelectric Power – The Tanchon Power Station Project

Analysis by Peter Makowsky, Jenny Town and Samantha Pitz Background At first glance, North Korea’s mountainous terrain and numerous riverine systems would seem ideal for hydroelectric power production, and it was the vision of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong…

Policy Paper
North Korea’s Hydroelectric Power – Part II – Analysis by Peter Makowsky, Jenny Town and Samantha Pitz

In an attempt to address the country’s electrical energy needs, the DPRK is placing greater emphasis on the construction and utilization of both hydroelectric and coal-powered, thermal-electric power plants. To date, most of that observed growth has be…

Policy Paper
North Korea’s Hydroelectric Power – Part I

Analysis by Peter Makowsky, Jenny Town and Samantha Pitz Background Coal and hydropower are the two main sources of power in North Korea, however, hydropower accounts for the majority of the country’s actual electricity production.[1] During the K…

Policy Paper
A Snapshot of North Korea’s Supply Chain Coal Activity – Part II

Analysis by Peter Makowsky, Jenny Town and Samantha Pitz Based on an initial look at North Korea’s coal industry, the country’s larger coal mines have remained active despite the increasing restrictions on the North’s coal exports. Part I of this…

Policy Paper
A Snapshot of North Korea’s Supply Chain Coal Activity

Stimson Center’s 38 North project, in partnership with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), has created a snapshot of the DPRK’s coal industry published on Tearline, the NGA’s open source publishing platform. The platform was created…

Policy Paper
A Snapshot of North Korea’s Supply Chain Coal Activity

Analysis by Peter Makowsky, Jenny Town and Samantha Pitz The August 2017 UN Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 2371 was the most recent resolution passed that placed a number of sanctions against North Korea, probably the most critical of which was aga…

Commentary
A How-To Guide for Disabling and Dismantling Yongbyon

With another summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un scheduled for February 27-28 in Vietnam, the potential dismantlement of North Korea’s Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center looms as a first step towards de…