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A Part-Time Approach to North Korea

The State Department has announced Ambassador Stephen Bosworth as the Administration’s Special Representative for North Korea Policy. Bosworth is currently dean of the Fletcher School, and according to the school’s website, despite his governmental appointment, he will keep his day job:

The Fletcher School is proud to announce that Dean Stephen W. Bosworth has been named the United States’ special envoy on North Korea. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton officially announced Bosworth’s appointment at a press conference in Seoul on February 20th, following a meeting with South Korean Foreign Minister Yu Myung Hwanduring.

Bosworth brings decades of foreign policy experience to the position—one that he will hold while continuing his role as Dean of The Fletcher School.

Pardon my ignorance, but since when was the position of Special Representative to North Korea relegated to only a part-time job? Considering the ever growing threat North Korea poses to world stability, the calls claiming that the State Department’s North Korean policy is naïve should only grow louder.


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