This chapter focuses exclusively on North Korea, a state that is so weird that it deserves its own chapter. Perhaps the ultimate deviant case, North Korea could be a bizarre outlier that defies any explanation. Alternatively, it could be the exception that proves the rule. Philip covers some of the DPRK’s most outrageous actions in the international arena, including the series of intrusions in the late 1960s, which some have called the Second Korean War. He also describes more recent behaviors, like Dennis Rodman’s booze-fueled basketball diplomacy; the assassination of Kim Jong Un’s estranged half-brother; and the Kim brother who passed on leading the country because it impeded on his obsession with the guitarist Eric Clapton.
KeywordsDemocratic People’s Republic Of Korea (DPRK) North Korean USAUnited States Pyongyang Commandos
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