Korean Peninsula Affairs Center

International Security and Humanitarian Principles: The United States and North Korea

Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Time: 2:30-3:30pm
Location: Public Events Room in Eggers Hall 220

United States policy since the Clinton presidency conflated security policy and humanitarian policy towards North Korea with the result that, arguably, it has been ineffective in responding to the ongoing North Korea's nuclearization and humanitarian crises. The lack of effectiveness of United States foreign policy has had the additional consequence of undermining the credibility and the prestige of the United States in East Asia. The research question is then- why is it that the United States has used humanitarian instruments to pursue national security policies? I show how security policy has drawn humanitarian policy and humanitarian instruments into its orbit. I trace the resultant legal, ethical and political dilemmas for United States policy makers.

Hazel Smith, is a Professor in Humanitarianism and Security at Cranfield University, UK and a Visiting Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington D.C. Professor Smith has worked, published, and broadcast extensively and internationally on the DPRK for 25 years. Professor Smith worked for UNICEF, the UN World Food Programme, UNDP, and NGOs while residing in North Korea from 1998-2001. Professor Smith's books on North Korea include Reconstructing Korean Security: A Policy Primer (2007); Hungry for Peace: International Security, Humanitarian Assistance and Social Change in the DPRK (2005); and North Korea in the New World Order (1996)

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Hazel Smith International Security poster