Benjamin R. Young is an Assistant Professor at Dakota State University. He holds a Ph.D. from George Washington University, and focuses his research on modern Korea, Cold War international history, and Marxism in the Third World.
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The DPRK leadership's failure to unify the country during the Korean War left a deep scar on the national psyche
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The U.S. should take note that Kim Jong Un can literally change the time on a subjective — or political — whim
North's personality cult, state media controls have charmed dictators for decades
Pompeo last month used a unusual euphemism when discussing a deal with Pyongyang
Many have posited that it is not really Kim Jong Un who is pulling the strings
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