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For Eric Talmadge's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Questioning the stereotypes about North Korea's fragilty

Sep 25, 2016

Questioning the stereotypes about North Korea's fragilty

North Korea is an economic basket case that incomprehensively pours resources into nuclear weapons and cares only about enriching a tiny circle of elites when it can’t even feed its own people. It is an “impossible state,” as one former U.S. diplomat put it, ...

Trade zone bustle exposes limits of North Korea sanctions

Sep 18, 2016

Trade zone bustle exposes limits of North Korea sanctions

Despite North Korea’s deepening isolation, along its border with China and Russia construction of tourist hotels is brisk and mountains of Siberian coal await shipment to Shanghai. A bustling bazaar-style market is overflowing with goods from Mickey Mouse baby shoes to bags of dried ...

North Korea orders citizens to work harder

Jun 26, 2016

North Korea orders citizens to work harder

The bright red slogans hang from buses, government buildings and even some restaurants and gas stations, urging North Koreans to work harder to make the country’s 200-day “speed campaign” a success. “Have you carried out the plan for today?” one poster asks. It’s the ...