The Impossible State, Updated Edition: North Korea, Past and Future
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About the Author
Victor Cha served in the White House as Director for Asian Affairs at the National Security Council from 2004 to 2007. He currently holds the D. S. Song-KF Chair in Government and Asian Studies at Georgetown University and is a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.
"Cha demonstrates an intimate familiarity with the regime's contradictions. . . . The thesis is clear: the world's most closed-off state needs to open up to survive, but breaking its hermetic seal may well precipitate its demise."--The New Yorker
"A meaty, fast-paced portrait of North Korean society, economy, politics, and foreign policy by an expert who has studied the regime as a scholar and interacted with its officials."--Foreign Affairs