Why Rodman’s trip to North Korea should be welcomed

Even small changes in how North Koreans view Westerners can help
January 7th, 2014
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The sight of Dennis Rodman, the eccentric basketball player, going to North Korea has annoyed a surprisingly large number of people. Rodman is accused of being cozy with a brutal and murderous regime and, if the critics are to be believed, his presence gives the young North Korean dictator a measure of credibility and probably

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About the Author

Andrei Lankov

Andrei Nikolaevich Lankov is a Russian scholar of Asia and a specialist in Korean studies. He completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at Leningrad State University in 1986 and 1989, respectively; He also attended Pyongyang's Kim Il-sung University in 1985. Following his graduate studies, he taught Korean history and language at his alma mater, and in 1992 went to South Korea for work; he moved to Australia in 1996 to take up a post at the Australian National University, and moved back to Seoul to teach at Kookmin University in 2004. Dr. Lankov has a DPRK-themed Livejournal blog in Russian with occasional English posts, where he documents aspects of life in North (and South) Korea, together with his musings and links to his publications. He also writes columns for the English-language daily The Korea Times.

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