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Korea: A Deadly Question

The current dictator in the North (Damir Sagolj / Reuters)

Olympic Games often have political significance, as in 1936 and as in the Olympics just past — the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Those Games seemed as much political as athletic. I talk about this with Michael Breen on my latest Q&A.

Breen is one of our best Korea-watchers, one of our soundest authorities — and that includes the Koreas North and South. He is a longtime journalist, consultant, and book-author. We talk about Kim Jong-un’s sister and her charm offensive, if charm it was. We talk about the upcoming summits. And about the Kim dynasty. There have been three dictators from that family already. Can there possibly be a fourth? We talk about the prospects for reunification, and fears about reunification. And so on.

Ever since the end of World War II, the Korean Peninsula has been a sore point, and a flashpoint. We fought a terrible war on that peninsula in the first three years of the 1950s. Now there is great nuclear anxiety on that peninsula. It’s good to have expertise, as from Mike Breen.

Again, our podcast is here.

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