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The success of North Korea as a nation-state – success here being defined as relative to most of the commmunist regimes that crashed and burned 15 years ago – is an issue that I hope future historians spend plenty of time pondering. In today’s globalized world, where the internet, telecommunications, and global culture trends continue to make the world smaller and smaller, how on earth could a father-son team like Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il keep a firm grip on their little chunk of land sitting ...more