Dr Stephan Blancke is a political scientist and analyst, whose research focus is about international state and non-state intelligence structures. Dr. Blancke’s areas of expertise are North Korean and Chinese espionage activities, their intelligence agencies, these countries international clandestine networks, and their use of front companies, especially regarding to proliferation. His other research interest is the current development of organised crime groups, where he looked – beside others – into North Korean interests and the involvement of their elite structures. Therefore he uses various methods for research and data processing as Social Network Analysis and other methods.
Dr. Blancke holds a diploma in administrative law as well as a diploma in political science. His doctoral dissertation examined counterintelligence and espionage activities of non-state actors, such as terrorist groups, religious cults and outlaw motorcycle gangs. He is the editor of “East Asian Intelligence and Organised Crime“.
Beside other journals and newspapers he writes sporadically for Janes Intelligence Review and published last year a series about North Korean intelligence activities for the NK Pro website.