Nicholas Eberstadt, a political economist and a demographer by training, is also a senior adviser to the National Bureau of Asian Research, a member of the visiting committee at the Harvard School of Public Health, and a member of the Global Leadership Council at the World Economic Forum. He researches and writes extensively on economic development, foreign aid, global health, demographics, and poverty. He is the author of numerous monographs and articles on North and South Korea, East Asia, and countries of the former Soviet Union. His books range from The End of North Korea (AEI Press, 1999) to The Poverty of the Poverty Rate (AEI Press, 2008).
Commissioner, Key National Indicators Council, 2010-present
Member, Global Agenda Council, World Economic Forum, 2008-present
Member, Visiting Committee, Harvard School of Public Health, 2003-present
Senior Adviser, National Bureau of Asian Research, 1996-present
Member, President's Council on Bioethics, 2006-2009
Member, U.S. Commission on Helping to Enhance the Livelihood of People, 2005-2007
Member, Board of Scientific Counselors, National Center for Health Statistics, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2003-2007
Visiting Fellow, Center for Population and Developmental Studies, Harvard University, 1980-2002
Consultant, World Bank, U.S. State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Bureau of the Census
Ph.D., political economy and government, Harvard University
M.P.A., Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
In the past there were excuses for those inclined to ignore or deny the horrors the Democratic People's Republic of Korea routinely visits upon its subjects. Defectors have an ax to grind, we were told. American intelligence is making up stories, and Pyongyang's foreign enemies stand to profit from these tales. There is nowhere for North Korea's apologists to hide now.
We manifestly need to understand exactly how it is that so many Americans today manage to achieve good or excellent health outcomes with limited incomes, educational backgrounds, and other socioeconomic resources. But manifestly, the mental straitjacket that the "social disparities" mindset imposes on public health research is incapable of helping us in this critical task.
North Korea has no interest in granting America or its allies a lasting regional peace. Understanding this unwelcome but critical fact is the first step toward a strategy that could make the North Korean problem smaller, not larger, over time.
North Korea’s recent nuclear brinkmanship is a sign not of strength but of weakness. No matter how hard this Communist dynasty tries to conceal this fact from the outside world, problems at home — especially strains within the regime itself — are an important factor behind its aggressive external behavior.