(Event) Weapons of Mass Instruction : Prospects for Human Security in & out of North Korea


The NATO Association of Canada is proud to invite you to its event Weapons of Mass Instruction: Prospects for Human Security In & Out of North Korea.


This discussion panel will question whether a USB key can bring change in a totalitarian regime, followed by a Q&A session with our three tremendous guest speakers: Mr. Jang Jin-Sung, former North Korean official and founder of NewFocus International (via Skype); Mr. Christopher Kim, executive director of HanVoice; and Ms. Sharon Stratton, US Program Officer at the North Korea Strategy Centre. Our discussion will be moderated by Mr. Steven Denney, PhD candidate at the University of Toronto and managing editor of Sino-NK.

Special interpretation by: Daniel Jung


Event Details:

Date: March 20 2017

Time: 5:30PM to 7:30PM


Room J130, Jackman Law Building

78 Queens Park

Toronto ON M5S 2C5


RSVP & Tickets Here 


Student members – free
Students – $7 online, $10 at the door
Adults – $12 online, $15 at the door
Adult members – $10 online, $12 at the door



This event is co-sponsored by the Centre for the Study of Korea at the Asian Institute, Munk School of Global Affairs, and the Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect.


About our Event:

“Weapons of Mass Instruction” presents a soft power approach to North Korea
security as an alternative to the dominant security focus on weapons of mass destruction and hard power solutions. Considering values and data of human security and intelligence, this talk aims to highlight the past, current, and future work of Canadian and international NGOs, governmental representatives, and passionate academics about information smuggling and cultural soft power as a means to effect peaceful change and resistance within North Korea.

According to HanVoice, a Toronto-based human rights NGO for North Koreans, 74% of North Koreans have access to TV and 46% to DVD players. The growing numbers of communications-savvy North Koreans are playing an increasingly important role in changing perspectives of power through their consumerist practices and will to learn more. This is a narrative we do not hear enough in foreign security media.

To approach the North Korean security case differently, this event will acknowledge and highlight growing research on marketization and information breaches in North Korea, as well as refugee and resettlement studies. We will also link USB keys to defense policies and technology as another way to widen traditional views on security strategies.


Speakers’ biographies:

Coming soon


Photo: North Korea – Mobile Phones (2010), by Roman Harak via Flickr.Licensed under CC 2.0. Edited on Canva by Erin Loney.


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