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Staying Alive

Why North Korea Will Not Change

Author: Andrei Lankov
March/April 2008
Foreign Affairs

Despite international calls for reform, the North Korean government is doing its best to maintain the domestic status quo -- and with good reason, at least from its perspective. Still, change is coming in very slow motion thanks to international aid and illegal exchanges with the outside world, which are eroding Pyongyang's legitimacy.

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