Operation USA CEO Delivers Humanitarian Perspective on Crisis After Visit To North Korea

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Richard Walden looks past politics to address challenges with assessing needs in North Korea.

Operation USA, a 34-year-old international non-government organization specializing in international relief and development, today released a statement from CEO Richard Walden addressing the current state of affairs in North Korea.

Read the full statement here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/richard-walden/my-miserable-week-in-nort_b_3017057.html

“The challenge for humanitarian relief is to ask just how effective we could be rendering aid to so tightly controlled a state,” said Walden. “The groups which tried and left North Korea mostly report that they had no meaningful access to the people they wanted to help … We don't need another trillion dollar American financed war; but the cost of peace may be nearly as expensive.”

In this statement, Walden also provides commentary on foreign involvement in North Korea and where the country’s key supporters, such as China and Russia, should step in to avoid a violent conflict with the US, Japan and South Korea.

Operation USA is an international relief agency that helps communities at home and abroad overcome the effects of disasters, disease and endemic poverty by providing privately-funded relief, reconstruction and development aid. Since 1979, the Los Angeles-based Operation USA has worked in 100 countries, delivering over $400 million for relief and development projects.

Worth Magazine named Operation USA "One of America's Top 100 Charities" in 2001. In 1997, Operation USA was co-recipient a Nobel Peace Prize for its work on the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. Operation USA was awarded the President's Volunteer Action Award by the White House in 1983 for relief work in the wake of the Vietnam War.

Richard Walden is President, CEO and Founder of Operation USA. He has appeared as an expert for numerous broadcast outlets, including 20/20, Nightline, CNN, MSNBC, Fox, ABC, CBS and NBC. He has written for the LA Times, New York Times and Washington Post, and has been featured in the Christian Science Monitor.    

Walden has served on the boards of InterAction, a consortium of 195 international nongovernmental organizations which Walden co-founded in 1984, and of the Institute for International Mediation & Conflict Resolution (IIMCR) in Washington, D.C. He has taught conflict resolution at IIMCR seminars in The Hague and in Prague. He also served on the Advisory Board of The Asia Society and is an elected member of the Pacific Council on International Policy.

Mary Dolan
Operation USA

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