In the search for answers, Natsios supplements the scanty store of published sources by drawing on the testimony of thousands of refugees, on thousands of e-mails he received while heading an NGO effort to aid the victims, and on his own encounters with officials from North Korea as well as from Western governments. The picture he presents is a disturbing one: human misery on a biblical scale, a paranoid regime that sacrificed its own citizens to ideological rigidity and pride, and foreign governments that subordinated humanitarian impulses to political and diplomatic interests.
A compelling and revealing book for specialists and general readers alike,The Great North Korean Famine takes us not only behind the well-guarded borders of the brutally incompetent “Hermit Kingdom” but also into the policymaking labyrinth where ethics and politics clash in the struggle to shape foreign policy.
|Publisher:||United States Institute of Peace Press (USIP Press)|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Natsios is a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves. He holds an M.P.A. from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Table of Contents
|Part I||The Search|
|1.||Roots of the Crisis||5|
|2.||Inside North Korea: Prefamine Indicators||23|
|3.||The Hidden Famine||37|
|4.||Surviving the Famine: Along the Chinese Frontier||55|
|5.||The Economics of the Famine||89|
|Part II||The Response|
|6.||The Diplomacy of the Famine||123|
|7.||The Politics of Famine: The Battle in Washington||141|
|8.||The International Aid Effort||165|
|9.||A Great Famine?||201|
|Part III||The Consequences|
|10.||The Political and Security Consequences of the Famine||217|
|11.||What Is to Be Done?||237|
|Appendix||"Feed North Korea: Don't Play Politics with Hunger"||249|