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On February 17, the United Nations Commission of Inquiry (COI) on Human Rights in North Korea released its landmark report condemning the state of freedom and human rights abuses in North Korea. Now that this information is available, how can leaders in the United States use it to help the suffering North Korean people?
Following the release of the COI report, the Freedom Collection sat down with the former Director of Asian Affairs at the National Security Council, Dr. Victor Cha, to discuss the report’s findings and broader implications for U.S. policy on North Korea. Dr. Cha is currently a professor at the Department of Government and School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He also serves as Senior Adviser and the inaugural holder of the Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Dr. Cha published his newest book, The Impossible State: North Korea, Past and Future, in 2012.
In this clip, Victor Cha offers suggestions on how U.S. leaders can challenge North Korea on its deplorable human rights record and help North Koreans:
Christopher Walsh serves as Senior Program Manager for the Human Freedom and Women's Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute. In this role, Christopher manages communications, evaluation, and public policy research projects that advance freedom and democracy in the world. He also develops and implements efforts to make the Bush Institute a welcoming place for today’s generation of dissidents and democracy advocates, overseeing visits for training, inspiration, and insight.
Prior to joining the Bush Institute, Christopher worked with the International Republican Institute in Washington, D.C. As IRI’s program officer for Central and Eastern Europe, he coordinated political party building and civic advocacy programs in the Balkans and Turkey.
A native of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Christopher is a graduate of American University with a B.A. in International Studies. He currently lives in Dallas with his wife and three young children.Full Bio
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