The Biden administration has not fully engaged with Korea peace issues, but the initial signs are worrisome, wrote Timothy Shorrock in The Nation on February 15. What is the status of inter-Korean peace talks, of US-South Korean war games, and of the regional situation with the US, Japan, and China?
At the same time, the humanitarian and economic situation in North Korea has worsened significantly in the past year, due to lockdowns and economic disruptions since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. What do we know about the situation of the North Korean people? What is the impact of UN and US sanctions on the delivery of humanitarian aid and the difficulty of obtaining licenses, and is Congress doing anything to address those problems?
Our panel of activist observers will bring us up to date.
Tim Shorrock is an investigative journalist and labor activist whose work has been featured in Salon, Huffington Post, The Nation, Inter Press Service, The Los Angeles Times, and Foreign Policy in Focus. He is an expert on US-Korean relations, US intelligence and foreign policy. He is the author of Spies for Hire: The Secret World of Intelligence Outsourcing (2008). His most recent article is "Biden Is Adopting a Militaristic Approach to the Far East" (February 2021). He blogs at timshorrock.com.
Dr. Kee Park is Director of the Korea Health Policy Project at Harvard Medical School. He leads the medical collaboration between physicians of the US and DPRK, and has visited North Korea an average of more than once per year for the past 15 years.
Katerina Parsons is Legislative Associate for International Affairs at the Mennonite Central Committee, where she works on Latin America, North Korea and U.S. economic sanctions more broadly. Originally from Michigan, she lived in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, for four years before moving to her current home in Washington, D.C. Her recent article on US economic sanctions is "Let us lay down our economic weapons".