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Kim Kwang Jin Talk: Former Financier of Kim Jong Il’s Royal Court Economy Tells His Story

October 31, 2012

NKHR Speaker Series Event Invitation

Wednesday, November 14
7 – 8:30 p.m.

Kim Kwang Jin helped earn millions of dollars for what he calls North Korea’s “Royal Court Economy,” i.e., the enterprises and often illegal schemes that financially supported Kim Jong Il. Since defecting to South Korea with his family in 2003, Mr. Kim was a visiting scholar in the US with the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, has earned two masters degrees, and is working on a PhD. He currently works as a senior researcher at the Institute of National Security Strategy, is an advisor to the Ministry of Unification, and serves on various boards. He majored in English literature at Kim Il Sung University and taught English at Pyongyang Computer College.

This event will be in English and is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.

Writings & Presentations by Kim Kwang Jin:

North Korea after Kim Jong-il: Can We Hope for Better Human Rights Protection?
The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, 2011

The Defector’s Tale: Inside North Korea’s Secret Economy
World Affairs, September/October 2011

After Kim Jong-il: Can we hope for better human rights protection? (Transcript)
The Brookings Institution, Presentation, October 27, 2009

Articles about Kim Kwang Jin:

Interview in NK Vision Magazine, August 2012 (link to translation coming soon, Korean version here)

North Korean Defector Describes Inner Workings of Isolated Regime
Fox News, James Rosen, July 2, 2009

As other authoritarian leaders fall, N. Korea pushes ahead with succession plan
Washington Post, Chico Harlan, March 13, 2011


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Toz Sinchon Business Center (토즈신촌비즈센터) is a few minutes on foot from exit 7 of the Sinchon subway station (line 2). When you come out of exit 7 there will be a large crosswalk on your left. Cross the street (toward the KEB bank) and then turn right. After walking 50-100m there will be a CU convenience store and then a coffee shop – just after the coffee shop is “IVY TOWER” – the event will be held on the 15th floor of that building.

Toz Sinchon Biz Center, Ivy Tower, 15th Floor
106-5 Nogosandong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
서울시 마포구 노고산동 106-5 아이비타워 15층

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