Jieun Baek
Jieun Baek

Currently a Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School of Government where she graduated 2014. Graduated from Harvard College 2009 as a Government concentrator, where interest in North Korea sparked. Love PolicyMic. Always open to a good conversation!

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Sept. 14, 2013

A Human Moment From the Most Isolated Place in the World

During my recent trip to North Korea, I spoke with a North Korean military officer. This is what happened.

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July 1, 2013

You Missed An Amazing Gay Pride Parade in Istanbul

This last weekend was the NYC pride parade, a few days for revelry and celebration. I was lucky enough to see what it was like in Istanbul and brought back photos to share.
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June 27, 2013

I Was Eating At An Istanbul Restaurant When the Tear Gas Poured Through the Streets Around Us

What was it like in Taksim Square during the police crackdown of protesters? Majestic.
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Feb. 18, 2013

North Korea is More Than Just a Nuclear Threat

With 24 million people suffering under the regime’s iron grip, North Korea is not just a nuclear threat. It's a threat to its own people.
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Jan. 4, 2013

This is What Genocide Looks Like: A Shocking Look Inside North Korean Camp 14

North Korean political prisoner Shin Dong Hyuk shares his harrowing story of survival in a total control concentration camp.
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Nov. 17, 2012

North Korean Prison Camp Survivor Reveals Horrific Details Inside the Yodeok Concentration Camp

Kim Young Soon was sentenced to a North Korean concentration camp for "knowing too much" about Kim Jong Il's secret relationship with a famous actress. She survived to tell her story.

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Aug. 13, 2012

10 North Korean Defectors Get a Taste of the Silicon Valley at Google Illicit Networks Summit

Ranging from the regime’s elite party members to the country’s forgotten orphans, 10 North Korean defectors shared their harrowing stories before a captive Google audience in California.
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Aug. 2, 2012

Survivor's Testimony of North Korea's Shocking Secret Torture Camps

"One day, he was sent to the prison ‘hospital,’ where people laid on wooden boards shoulder to shoulder. He saw people cultivate diseases in their own bodies so they could expedite their deaths."
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May 17, 2012

North Korean Defector Describes Vast Network of Smuggling, Drugs, and Censorship Under Kim Jong-Un's Regime

From 1997 to 2000, I worked for a mafia of Chinese people. We smuggled about 30 cars at a time from North Korea, hid them in multiple locations, all with the protection of the Chinese police.
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April 26, 2012

Cracks in North Korea's Secretive Regime: Is Kim Jong-Un Losing His Iron Grip?

The response within North Korea to their failed missile launch may prove that the country's government is beginning to understand that they cannot continuously hide the truth from their citizens.
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April 11, 2012

North Korea Revealed: A Rare Glimpse Inside Kim Jong-un's Secret Regime

What's it like to be a young person in North Korea? A defector tells-all, in a revealing interview you won't want to miss.

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March 9, 2012

Dying to Communicate: North Koreans Struggle for Access to the Outside World

North Korea prevents its 24.5 million people from accessing the internet, but there's a fairly established system for smuggling technological devices into the country.