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Friday, May 11: Insights Into North Korea (Stanford, CA)

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When May 11, 2012
from 12:00 pm to 01:15 pm
Where Philippines Conference Room, Encina Hall, 616 Serra St., 3rd floor, Stanford University
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Katharina Zellweger will share her insights into North Korea based on her experience as a development and humanitarian aid worker and a resident of Pyongyang. Closely interacting with North Koreans daily, Zellweger lived in Pyongyang for five years as the North Korea country director for the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). She is a Swiss national with over 30 years of experience in humanitarian work from an Asian base. Her primary engagement has been with China and North Korea.

While heading the SDC program in Pyongyang, Zellweger focused on sustainable agricultural production to address food security issues, income generation to improve people's livelihoods, and capacity development to contribute to individual and institutional learning.

Before joining SDC, Zellweger worked nearly 30 years at the Caritas Internationalis office in Hong Kong, where she pioneered the organization's involvement in China and North Korea.In recognition of her work in North Korea, the Vatican made Zellweger a Dame of St. Gregory the Great in 2006. 

Zellweger holds a master's degree in international administration from the School of International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont, and a Swiss diploma in trade, commerce, and business administration. She also apprenticed with Switzerland’s national agricultural management program.

Zellweger joined the Korean Studies Program as the 2011—12 Pantech Fellow to conduct research on the transformation, especially social and economic change, of North Korea and its society.

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Dates of interest, March/April 2014

February 24 -April 18: U.S. and South Korea hold joint Key Resolve/Foal Eagle military exercises

March 9: North Korea holds elections for the Supreme People's Assembly

March 17: UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea presents its final report to the UN Human Rights Council

March 24-25: Nuclear Security Summit, The Netherlands. Barack Obama, Park Geun-hye, and Shinzo Abe to hold summit on sidelines

April 7: U.S. hosts trilateral meeting with South Korean and Japanese officials on North Korea policy in Washington

April 9: DPRK to convene Supreme People's Assembly

April 15: Kim Il-Sung's Birthday (DPRK National Holiday)

April 23-26: President Barack Obama travels to Japan, South Korea.

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