Presentation Title

Human Suffering in North Korea

Date

5-13-2020

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Why is there a growing divide between communities working on human rights advocacy and humanitarian aid delivery in North Korea? At first glance, it is easy to think that humanitarian aid workers and human rights advocates for North Korea must be working towards the same goals because they sound similar. The definition of the two areas indeed overlap, but there has arguably been no reconciliation or formal cooperation. Whether it happens in academic scholarship, politics, or personal Twitter feuds, professionals working on these two areas describe an increasing sense of divide that often puts them in conflict. Three factors (ideological differences, direct influences on actors, and historical dependency) help explain the reasons for this difference. The interaction between the two communities during times of adversity will help test the hypothesis that this divide has ultimately hindered the objectives of both. Then, this study will lay out a set of recommendations that will help effectively deliver aid and impartially protect human rights in countries such as North Korea.

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Human Suffering in North Korea

Why is there a growing divide between communities working on human rights advocacy and humanitarian aid delivery in North Korea? At first glance, it is easy to think that humanitarian aid workers and human rights advocates for North Korea must be working towards the same goals because they sound similar. The definition of the two areas indeed overlap, but there has arguably been no reconciliation or formal cooperation. Whether it happens in academic scholarship, politics, or personal Twitter feuds, professionals working on these two areas describe an increasing sense of divide that often puts them in conflict. Three factors (ideological differences, direct influences on actors, and historical dependency) help explain the reasons for this difference. The interaction between the two communities during times of adversity will help test the hypothesis that this divide has ultimately hindered the objectives of both. Then, this study will lay out a set of recommendations that will help effectively deliver aid and impartially protect human rights in countries such as North Korea.