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How failed is North Korea, James Pearson

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ABSTRACT In recent years, North Korea has collected an impressive array of very unflattering superlatives. Whether it be the most “failed”, “corrupt” or “undemocratic” state in the world, it manages to frequently top (or bottom) such rankings and indexes. It’s a pattern that emerges frequently, and often places North Korea just a few places below Somalia which, in the case of last year’s Failed States Index (FSI) seemed to confusingly suggest that the two states were almost as “failed” as each other. But just how accurate are these indexes when information from the DPRK is so hard to obtain? And how do they effect our ability to engage with Pyongyang?

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