Only Beautiful, Please: A British Diplomat in North Korea

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The Korea Society

Event Details

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - Monday, March 19, 2012
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 
The Korea Society
950 Third Avenue
8th Floor
New York City, NY
Event type
Lecture / Panel  

Event Description

What is it like to serve as one’s national representative in North Korea? How is one received, from leaders to ordinary North Koreans? How does one deal with the political fallout of a nuclear test soon after one’s arrival? How free is a foreign emissary to travel and see the “real” North Korea and its residents? The Korea Society welcomes as part of its ongoing Knowing North Korea series the Honorable John Everard, who served as Britain’s Ambassador to the DPRK from 2006 to 2008. Though stationed in Pyongyang, Everard used his travels around the DPRK to meet and converse with many different North Koreans. Ambassador Everard’s new book, Only Beautiful, Please, published by Stanford University’s Shorenstein Center for Asia-Pacific Research, goes beyond official North Korea to unveil the human dimension of life in North Korea. Everard recounts his impressions of the country and its people, his interactions with them and his observations on their way of life. He provides a picture as well of the life of foreigners in this closed society, considers how the DPRK evolved to its current state, and offers thoughts on how to tackle the challenges that it throws up in light of the failure of current approaches. Ambassador Everard shares keen insights and striking, never-before-seen photographs taken during his stay in North Korea.

Event Speakers

    • John Everard

      John Everard, a retired British diplomat, is now a consultant for the UN. He served prior as the UK Ambassador to North Korea. His distinguished career with the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office spanned nearly 30 years and four continents (Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America), and included a number of politically sensitive posts. As the youngest-ever British Ambassador when he was appointed to Belarus (1993 to 1995), he built an embassy from the ground up just a few short years after the fall of the Soviet Union. He managed diplomatic relations as the UK Ambassador to Uruguay (2001 to 2005) during a period of economic crisis and the country’s election of its first left-wing government. From 2010 to 2011, Everard spent a year at Stanford University’s Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center. He holds BA and MA degrees in Chinese from Emmanuel College at Cambridge University and a diploma in economics from Beijing University. Everard also earned an MBA from Manchester Business School, and is proficient in Chinese, Spanish, German, Russian, and French.

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