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A Eulogy to Women in Business Training

A Eulogy to Women in Business Training

“I want to go into business,” she said, “to show that women can be good business leaders too.” When Geoffrey K. See, Choson Exchange’s founder, first heard a female North Korean university student say this in 2007, two thoughts came to mind. First, there is so much we do not know or understand about North Korea. Second, there must be [...]

The Challenge of Sharing on the Korean Peninsula

The Challenge of Sharing on the Korean Peninsula

Editor’s note: In 1995, devastating floods compounded an already dire economic downturn in North Korea due to the collapse of the Soviet Union and the resulting energy crisis. After negotiating quietly with Japan and South Korea for emergency food shipments, the DPRK government issued a general call for international food aid in the fall of that [...]

Have “Engagers” Really Taken Over the World? Thoughts on “Subverted Engagement”

Have “Engagers” Really Taken Over the World? Thoughts on “Subverted Engagement”

I have only met Professor B.R. Myers once, when we both took part in a conference on North Korean arts in Vienna. Though young, or at least younger than me—not difficult these days—he came across as one with strong views, trenchantly expressed, characteristics also evident in his writing. Myers is a literature specialist and argues that [...]

Can’t We All Just Get Along? The Politicization of North Korean Human Rights

Can’t We All Just Get Along? The Politicization of North Korean Human Rights

Irrespective of political orientation, little dispute exists among politicians, government officials, activists, and NGO workers that a large number of North Koreans suffer from human rights abuses at the hands of the regime. Despite consensus regarding the serious nature of these abuses, however, addressing (much less resolving) them has proven [...]

Forging a Consensus on Human Rights

Forging a Consensus on Human Rights

Roberta Cohen and I, along with most observers of North Korea, agree on the details of the human rights situation. We differ on strategies to address the abysmal state of affairs. But we don’t differ quite as much as Roberta suggests in her article Human Rights: A Means of Engaging North Korea. I don’t, for instance, suggest “setting [...]

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