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North Korea Demystified By Han S. Park

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North Korea Demystified

Culture and Self: East Asian and North European Attitudes, with S.R. Thomsen.

Han S. Park is University Professor of Public and International Affairs and the founding Director (in 1995) of the Center for the Study of Global Issues (Globis) at the University of Georgia. Dr. Park’s areas of specialty include political development, globalization, and comparative politics, with an emphasis on East Asian studies. Among his numerous publications are North Korea: The Politics of Unconventional Wisdom and Human Needs and Political Development. He has been deeply involved in a number of peacemaking initiatives with North Korea. Under his leadership, Globis has hosted several Track­ II seminars with participants from North Korea, South Korea, and the United States, most recently in October 2011. Dr. Park was also instrumental in realizing former president Jimmy Carter’s trips to Pyongyang in 1994 and 2010, which may well have averted a possible military confrontation between the United States and the DPRK. He has been relentless in his efforts to alleviate the nuclear tension on the Korean peninsula, making more than 50 trips to North Korea since 1990. His work has been widely praised, and in 2010 Dr. Park received the Gandhi, King, Ikeda Community Builders Award in recognition of his “extraordinary global leadership through nonviolence and reconciliation.” Past recipients of this award have included former South African President Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzak Rabin.

Jonathan Polk is a PhD candidate in the Department of International Affairs at the University of Georgia, and a research associate at the Center for the Study of Global Issues. He holds an MA from the University of Georgia, and a BA from St. John’s College. He has published in several journals such as Comparative Political Studies and European Union Politics.

Hazel Smith is Professor of Resilience and Security and Director of the Resilience Centre at Cranfield University in the United Kingdom. Her most recent monograph is Hungry for Peace: International Security,