PRESS RELEASE: The East-West Center and National Committee on North Korea Launch Update for Joint North Korea in the World Project
The update, comprised of an innovative dataset and analysis on twenty years' worth of high-level North Korean delegations abroad, offers new insights into the challenges and opportunities presented by North Korea's foreign linkages.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 20, 2019) - The East-West Center in Washington (EWCW), in partnership with the National Committee on North Korea (NCNK), launched an update for the joint North Korea in the World project today. The update, comprised of an innovative dataset and analysis on twenty years' worth of high-level North Korean delegations abroad, offers new insights into the challenges and opportunities presented by North Korea's foreign linkages. This update is part of an ongoing effort between the EWCW and NCNK's North Korea in the World project in providing researchers, policymakers, journalists, and the general public with easily-accessible information on North Korea's external diplomatic and economic relations.

"This new information on North Korea's external diplomacy adds to our understanding of North Korea, but also to how U.S. allies, partners, friends, and others engage North Korea," says Dr. Satu Limaye, Director of the EWCW.

"Although North Korea can be opaque in many ways, its reputation as a hermit kingdom is clearly inaccurate," says Keith Luse, Executive Director of NCNK. "Pyongyang has cultivated ties across disparate parts of the globe, which have helped North Korea stay resilient in the face of significant economic and diplomatic pressure over its nuclear program."

Established in 2017, North Korea in the World is the definitive resource providing a multifaceted look into North Korea's external relations. The interactive datasets and analysis of the project have been cited in stories by Bloomberg , BBC , NBC News , Business Insider , and more.
About the East-West Center and National Committee on North Korea
The East-West Center promotes better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific through cooperative study, research, and dialogue. Established by the U.S. Congress in 1960, the Center serves as a resource for information and analysis on critical issues of common concern, bringing people together to exchange views, build expertise, and develop policy options. The Center is an independent, public, nonprofit organization with funding from the U.S. government, and additional support provided by private agencies, individuals, foundations, corporations, and governments in the region. The Center’s Washington, D.C. office focuses on preparing the United States for an era of growing Indo-Pacific prominence.

The National Committee on North Korea (NCNK) is a non-governmental organization of persons with significant and diverse expertise related to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. NCNK and its members support principled engagement with North Korea as a means to promote peace and security on the Korean peninsula and to improve the lives of the people of North Korea. NCNK also works to provide policymakers, the academic and think tank community, and the general public with substantive and balanced information about developments in North Korea. NCNK was founded by Mercy Corps, a global aid and development organization, in 2004.

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For more information on the North Korea in the World resource, please visit our website or contact Daniel Wertz at (202) 469-8486 or dwertz@ncnk.org. For more information on the East-West Center in Washington and National Committee on North Korea partnership, please contact Ross Tokola at (202) 327-9767 or tokolar@eastwestcenter.org.
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