March 02, 2024

Budget cuts and travel restrictions: how U.S. policy is failing North Koreans

Plans to reduce funding for NGOs and recent limits on working in the DPRK will be felt on the ground

Scholars, activists, analysts, politicians, and diaspora communities around the world have for years debated the most effective way to positively impact the lives of average North Koreans.

Human rights activists argue in favor of spreading information and typically eschew working with the regime. Instead, they claim underground methods, like smuggling USB sticks loaded with information from the outside world or broadcasting radio shows aimed at illicit North Korean listeners, are the best way to empower average North Koreans.

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