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Tuesday U: North Korea - Politics, Policy and People
Mercy Corps Action Center
Portland, OR
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4-part Series Dates: Tuesdays, January 11, 18, 25 and February 1, 2011.


Tuesday U: North Korea - Politics, Policy and People
Mercy Corps Tuesday University's Winter seminar features Portland State University's Mel Gurtov in a seminar about North Korea -- the politics, foreign policy and the daily life of the people. Gurtov takes us past the stereotypes and one-sided views of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and into the perspective of the country's leaders.

The class takes a broad, top-to-bottom look at a country with many challenges. North Korea's political and social system, economy, and foreign policy -- including the nuclear crisis with the United States and its unstable relationship with South Korea --  will be the main subjects.

Class format is informal lecture/discussion and while Dr. Gurtov has no assigned readings, he includes a list of important books and articles about North Korea, available on the Action Center website (

Mel Gurtov is Professor of Political Science and International Studies at Portland State University. He previously served on the staff of the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, where he was a co-author of the Pentagon Papers, and also taught at the University of California, Riverside. Author of twenty books, Gurtov has also written numerous articles on East Asian affairs, U.S. foreign policy and global politics. A frequent visitor to East Asia, he has been a visiting professor and Senior Fulbright Scholar at Waseda University in Tokyo and Hankuk Foreign Studies University in Seoul.



Mercy Corps Action Center
28 SW First Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
United States



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Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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