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DC | Avoiding Scrutiny and Monitoring: North Korea’s Protectors at the UN
Thursday, June 02, 2022, 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM EDT
Category: Events

Join WFPG and HRNK for a conversation with Dr. Rana Siu Inboden and Greg Scarlatoiu, moderated by Roberta Cohen. Rana Inboden will examine ways that North Korea benefits from protection in the UN human rights system, while Greg Scarlatoiu will examine the role of the ECOSOC NGO Committee as “gatekeeper” of international civil society access, based on HRNK’s direct experience with the process.

Dr. Rana Siu Inboden,
Adjunct Assistant Professor, LBJ School of Public Affairs
Distinguished Scholar, Strauss Center for International Security and Law

Greg Scarlatoiu,
Executive Director, HRNK

Roberta Cohen (Moderator),
Co-Chair Emeritus, HRNK

Thursday, June 2, 2022
Reception: 11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Program: 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

The DACOR Bacon House, 1801 F St NW, Washington, D.C. 20006

The event is in-person, and on-the-record.


Please note members attend for free and registration is non-transferrable.


Dr. Rana Siu Inboden is a senior fellow with the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at The University of Texas at Austin. She serves as a consultant on human rights, democracy and rule of law projects in Asia for a number of nongovernmental organizations and conducts research related to international human rights, Chinese foreign policy, the effectiveness of international human rights and democracy projects and authoritarian collaboration in the United Nations. Previously, Dr. Inboden served in the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, where her primary responsibilities included managing the State Department's Human Rights and Democracy Fund China program and promoting U.S. human rights and democracy policy in China and North Korea. She also served at the U.S. Consulate in Shanghai, in the Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs, and in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, where she covered U.S.-China relations. Dr. Inboden holds a DPhil from the Department of Politics and International Relations at Oxford University. She obtained an M.A. at Stanford University in East Asian Studies and a B.S. at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. She was awarded a U.S. State Department Superior Honor Award for her work in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.


Greg Scarlatoiu is the Executive Director of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK). He is a visiting professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies and instructor and coordinator of the Korean Peninsula and Japan class at the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Service Institute (FSI). Scarlatoiu is vice president of the International Council on Korean Studies (ICKS). For the past 19 years, he has authored and broadcast the Korean language “Scarlatoiu Column” for Radio Free Asia (RFA). His past experience includes three years with Korea Economic Institute in Washington, D.C. and over six years in international development. Scarlatoiu holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School, Tufts University, and a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts from Seoul National University’s Department of International Relations. He completed the MIT XXI Seminar for U.S. national security leaders in 2016-2017. Scarlatoiu was awarded the title ‘Citizen of Honor, City of Seoul,’ in January 1999. Born and raised in communist Romania, Scarlatoiu is a naturalized U.S. citizen. He is fluent in Korean and French and a native Romanian speaker.


Roberta Cohen is a specialist in human rights, humanitarian, and refugee issues, and often described as a trailblazer. Her career has spanned the United Nations, State Department, think tanks — the Brookings Institution, NGOs and academia. In addition to co-authoring Masses in Flight (with Francis M. Deng), and co-editing two additional books, she has published more than 150 articles on human rights and humanitarian issues. In 2002 she was awarded the DACOR (Diplomatic and Consular Officers Retired – State Department) Fiftieth Anniversary Award for Exemplary Writing on Foreign Affairs and Diplomacy, on “refugees and internally displaced persons.”




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