Past Events


The Asan Institute for Policy Studies hosted a book launch for “Escape From Camp 14″ on Thursday, May 2nd with Blaine Harden.

About the Book

North Korea’s political prison camps have existed twice as long as Stalin’s Soviet gulags and twelve times as long as the Nazi concentration camps. No one born and raised in these camps is known to have escaped. No one, that is, except Shin Dong-hyuk. In Escape From Camp 14, Blaine Harden unlocks the secrets of the world’s most repressive totalitarian state through the story of Shin Dong-hyuk’s shocking imprisonment and his astounding getaway. Harden’s harrowing narrative exposes a hidden dystopia, focusing on an extraordinary young man who came of age inside the highest security prison in the highest security state. Escape from Camp 14 offers an unequalled inside account of one of the world’s darkest nations. It is a tale of endurance and courage, survival and hope.


About the Author

Mr. Blaine Harden is the recent author of the international bestseller Escape from Camp 14. He is currently working on a second book about North Korea and contributes to Foreign Policy, PBS Frontline, and The Economist. Previously, Mr. Harden worked for The Washington Post as a correspondent in Africa, Eastern Europe, and Asia, as well as in New York and Seattle. He was also a national correspondent for The New York Times and writer for the Times Magazine. He is the author of A River Lost and Africa: Dispatches from a Fragile Continent. His awards for journalism include the Ernie Pyle Award, the American Society of Newspaper Editors Award, and the Livingston Award for International Reporting.

Date/Time: Thursday, May 2nd, 2013/ 10:00-13:00
Place: Lecture Hall 1F, The Asan Institute for Policy Studies