Dorothy Stuehmke

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North Korea has the world’s attention this week with a planned satellite launch and a possible nuclear test. Given North Korea’s fascination with symbolic dates (launching several missiles on July 4, 2006), it is no surprise that the satellite launch, set for Thursday through Monday, along with the nuclear test, comes during the week of the 100th birthday celebration of the nation’s founding father, Kim Il Sung. North Korea seems to want to paint a bold image of itself during this year when it has defined itself as a “strong and prosperous nation.”

These plans have secured North Korea’s goal of remaining relevant in the world spotlight — especially on the same weekend that the international community will be busy holding denuclearization talks with Iran.…  Seguir leyendo »

North Korea has recently made a desperate international appeal for food aid. Reports from aid workers and international nongovernmental organizations warn of a major food shortage. As the United States deliberates whether to restart a food aid program in North Korea, it must consider the following questions: Is there a true humanitarian need, can we address the potential risk of food diversion and can a properly monitored program allow us to engage with the vulnerable citizens of one of the most isolated countries in the world?

The concern about potential food aid diversion arises out of the political class system in North Korea.…  Seguir leyendo »