North Korea

Quotable: North Korean Art

Saturday, March 14th 2015

Co-sponsored by the Committee on Human Rights in North Korea, Jang Jing-sung, “a former North Korean propaganda poet,” spoke at the Institute of World Politics in Washington on February 4, 2015.   His presentation is available on video, and it was summarized by IWP below.

 

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A Minister-Counselor in the State Department's Senior Foreign Service when he finished his federal career, Donald M. Bishop is a trainer, speaker, and mentor in Public Diplomacy and Communication. He also speaks on history and leadership. After serving as President of the Public Diplomacy Council, he now is a member of the Board of Directors.

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Quotable: Andrew Natsios on North Korea and the Digital Age

Monday, March 9th 2015

Andrew Natsios, Director of the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs at Texas A&M University (and former administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development), spoke at the Institute of World Politics in Washington on January 29, 2015.  The video of his presentation, “The DPRK:  Human Rights and Security in the Digital Age,” can be found here.  The IWP summary is below:

 

In his remarks, Mr. Natsios described the impact of the famine of the mid 1990s, during which approximately 2.5 million North Koreans lost their lives. Since North Korea's inception, its people have been subject to countless human rights violations. Unfortunately, the North Korean population has been told that the issues they face are a result of American belligerency. However, the digital age has discredited some of this propaganda, and it is becoming increasingly difficult for the regime to retain its legitimacy.

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A Minister-Counselor in the State Department's Senior Foreign Service when he finished his federal career, Donald M. Bishop is a trainer, speaker, and mentor in Public Diplomacy and Communication. He also speaks on history and leadership. After serving as President of the Public Diplomacy Council, he now is a member of the Board of Directors.

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North Koreans Quietly Open to International Broadcasts

Tuesday, May 15th 2012

For well more than a decade, Korea experts who specialize in international media have been examining the impact of foreign broadcasts and DVDs on users in North Korea. They have done so through a combination of in-country surveys and debriefings of defectors from North Korea, refugees and travelers abroad. In annual reports, Freedom House and Reporters Without Borders invariably have ranked that country as having the “least free” media in the world. Yet the curtain of near total silence appears to be opening as never before in North Korea.

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Alan L. Heil Jr.

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Summary: As a 36-year veteran of the Voice of America (VOA), Alan Heil traveled to more than 40 countries a foreign correspondent in the Middle East, and later as director of News and Current Affairs, deputy director of programs, and deputy director of the nation’s largest publicly-funded overseas multimedia network. Today, VOA reaches more than 125 million people in 44 languages.

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