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February 24, 2015 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
What’s the deal with North Korea? How does the country operate?
Why is it so isolated from the rest of the world? What is it like to live there?
Join us for a conversation about this (seemingly) mysterious country. Prof. Sung-Yoon Lee will give an overview of the current situation and how it got to be that way, followed by Q&A and open discussion.
Words from Prof. Lee:
North Korea is the world’s sole Communist hereditary dynasty; the world’s only literate, industrialized, urbanized peacetime economy to have suffered a famine; the world’s most advanced totalitarian system; and the world’s largest military in terms of manpower and defense spending proportional to population and national income. These contradictions often render North Korea inscrutable or simply sinister. The speaker will address five most common myths about North Korea and offer a prescription for debunking them.
Sung-Yoon Lee, PhD
Kim Koo-Korea Foundation Professorship of Korean Studies and Assistant Professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
Prof. Lee has testified as an expert witness before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs Hearing on North Korea policy and has advised senior officials and elected leaders in the U.S. government, including the President of the United States of America. Prof. Lee is a frequent commentator on major international media organizations, including BBC, PBS, NPR, PRI, CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, CBC, Bloomberg, Voice of America, Radio Free Asia, and others.