25 Years of Slam Dunk Diplomacy

Rodman trip comes after 25 years of basketball diplomacy between U.S. and North Korea
March 4th, 2013
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Illustration by NK NEWS illustrator Cammy Smithwick

NBA bad boy Dennis Rodman’s circus troupe delegation to North Korea was greeted by ridicule by most of the world. But does the Kim dynasty’s longtime basketball obsession hold the seed that will open North Korea to the world?

U.S. diplomatic insiders were dismissive of the Rodman meeting

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Nate Thayer

Nate Thayer is an award winning investigative journalist with 25 years of experience in Asia, specializing in conflict, intelligence, security, transnational crime. He has a noted expertise on Cambodia and a current focus on North Korea.

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