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Hard TargetSanctions, Inducements, and the Case of North Korea$
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Stephan Haggard and Marcus Noland

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781503600362

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9781503600362.001.0001

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Humanitarian Dilemmas

Humanitarian Dilemmas

The Political Economy of Food

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Hard Target

Stephan Haggard

Marcus Noland

Stanford University Press

This chapter considers humanitarian dilemmas surrounding aid to North Korea. It provides an overview of the food economy and the recurrence of shortages before turning to the political economy of food aid, which oscillated sharply between periods when aid was extended on both political and humanitarian grounds and periods when it was held in abeyance. The chapter considers the political economy of multilateral assistance and the politics of food aid in the United States, South Korea, and China. The regime’s nuclear priorities and/or acute bargaining problems around the monitoring of assistance resulted in delays in reaching needed agreements, shortfalls in the delivery of assistance, and acute humanitarian distress.

Keywords:   food aid, foreign aid, humanitarian assistance, hunger, World Food Program

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