[KS] FRANK_NK food aid

Ruediger Frank ruediger.frank at univie.ac.at
Thu Jul 7 02:46:18 EDT 2011

Dear all,
I take the liberty to forward this link to a short opinion piece I wrote on the matter of food aid to North Korea:
This is part of a series of contributions. A very interesting recent debate on the same topic can be found at Cankor:
As you see, opinions differ. In fact, the issue is tricky: help starving people at the price of propping up the regime? Bring down the regime at the price of massive famine deaths? In the end, it is a political decision. But it is one that affects human lifes, so that we as scholars and opinion-leaders have a huge responsibility here. The latest decision by the European Commission to resume food aid (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/04/world/asia/04union.html?_r=1) is a hopeful sign from my perspective. Not everybody looks at it that way, though.
I am grateful for any comments, including critical ones. 
All the best,

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Univ.-Prof. Dr. Rudiger Frank
Chair of East Asian Economy and Society
Secretary, Association for Korean Studies in Europe
Deputy Head, Department of East Asian Studies
University of Vienna
Department of East Asian Studies
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