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CHARACTERS The Impossible State 107 Ing record of human rights abuses and its belligerent relationship with the United States and analyzes the regime's major security issues from the seemingly endless war with its southern neighbor to its frightening nuclear ambitions all in light of the destabilizing effects of Kim Jong il's recent deathHow this enigmatic nation state one that regularly violates its own citizens' inalienable rights and has suffered famine global economic sanctions a collapsed economy and near total isolation from the rest of the world has continued to survive has long been a uestion that preoccupies the West Cha reveals a land of contradictions o. The Impossible Book How to Get North Korea WrongI wrote this review when the book came out I ll let you decide if it has held up to the test of timeThe North Korean regime was supposed to have collapsed by now Indeed for years analysts debated not if the regime would fall but whether the landing would be hard or soft Instead it has become a nuclear power and continues to thumb its nose at the world defying the best efforts of a succession of American presidents to lure the reclusive state into a constructive relationship with the rest of the worldGeorgetown University professor Victor Cha served one of the presidents who tried to strike a deal with the North Koreans and the one on whose watch North Korea acuired nukes George W Bush Cha is the first member of the North Korea team from Bush s second term to publish a book about his experiences negotiating with the North which gives him a uniue perspective He was the first Korea specialist and the first Korean American to be the Asia director at the National Security Council NSC and now contributes regularly to the New York Times and the Washington Post making him one of the influential voices on North Korea both inside and outside the BeltwayUnfortunately his book is than disappointing it s just plain awful and a huge missed opportunity Cha not only fails to shed any light on North Korea policymaking during the Bush years he also gets the country completely wrongFor starters Cha tries to spice up his book with his personal experiences in North Korea but winds up with little than banal travelogues At several points he lambasts CNN Time and broadly the Western media for their shallow depictions of North Korea but he is just as guilty Of the than 700 footnotes fewer than a handful refer to personal interviews or Korean language materials Instead we are presented with endless summaries of English language sources The book lacks the compelling narrative arc of Los Angeles Times reporter Barbara Demick s powerful Nothing to Envy Ordinary Lives in North Korea or the research and rigor of Kongdan Oh and Ralph Hassig s The Hidden People of North Korea Everyday Life in the Hermit KingdomCha s book is also almost entirely bereft of new ideas about how we should understand or deal with North Korea The only new concept I could find is nothing than academic sounding nonsense elaborating on a notion he first introduced last fall in the Washington Post Cha describes North Korea as being in the grip of neojuche revivalism or a resurgence of ideology in general and a doctrine of self reliance in particular The problem is that ideological fervor never receded only the slogans have changed Moreover juche has not been North Korea s ruling ideology for years In his maiden speech on April 15 the North s new twenty something ruler Kim Jong un mentioned the slogans military first and a strong and prosperous nation than twenty times He mentioned juche exactly onceAmazingly Cha does not report how North Korea policy was made during the Bush years He writes about what an honor it was to write policy memos for Bush but never tells readers what he actually wrote or how his views might have differed from others in the administration Cha s biggest revelation is that he was doing the dishes when he learned that North Korea was about to test a nuclear device in 2006Cha does not even attempt to describe the personal or institutional rivalries between and within the White House the State Department the Pentagon and the intelligence community For example Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill is relegated to a minor role in Cha s narrative even though Hill was the chief US negotiator with North Korea and was instrumental in what few diplomatic advances the administration can claim and a thorn in the side of administration hard liners like John Bolton Cha s most revealing and colorful stories come from an excellent book about the Hermit Kingdom s nuclear program former CNN senior Asia correspondent Mike Chinoy s Meltdown The Inside Story of the North Korean Nuclear CrisisThe Impossible State also lacks the circular firing suad uality that made many of the previous Bush administration memoirs at the very least highly entertaining Cha manages to avoid the introspection of his former boss Condoleezza Rice in her book No Higher Honor or that of former North Korea negotiator Jack Prichard in Failed Diplomacy He papers over the differences between administration neocons like Dick Cheney and pro engagement pragmatists like Colin Powell but never lets the reader into the process For Cha it seems sufficient to lay all the blame for a failed policy at North Korea s doorstepCha s final chapter is entitled The End Is Near which while accurately describing the reader s place in the book does not persuasively make the case for the future of North Korea In a New York Times article he wrote immediately after Kim Jong il s death in December 2011 Cha insisted that North Korea as we know it is over Whether it comes apart in the next few weeks or over several months Yet the consensus view in Seoul is that the North Korean state is anything but close to collapse The debate there centers on whether Kim Jong un can pursue reform and opening to the West or whether he will follow in the failed footsteps of his fatherCha believes that like the Middle East last year North Korea is one spark away from a wildfire that will destroy the regime This is either wishful thinking or a reflection of Cha s inadeuate understanding of the institutions and policies that hold the regime together At present the public s capacity to challenge the government is nonexistent North Korea is a society with an all pervasive security apparatus that ensures the thorough indoctrination of all its citizens virtually from birth A few sparks may begin to fly but the regime s ability to stamp them out remains formidable Inexplicably Cha goes on to acknowledge that he will not be surprised if the regime is still standing a decade from now The title of the chapter should be The End Is Near Or Maybe NotCha s book also represents the latest at tempt to whitewash a presidency that has recently been deemed by a C SPAN survey of presidential historians one of the ten worst in American history The title of Cha s seventh chapter describes what the Bush administration was trying to achieve namely The Complete Verifiable and Irreversible Dismantlement of North Korea s nuclear program Unfortunately the book doesn t tell us what North Korea would have received in exchange for denuclearizing surely a key factor in any negotiation Cha s analysis seems to rest almost entirely on the idea that the North Koreans are acting in bad faith While North Korea did violate the terms of the 1994 Agreed Framework by pursuing a clandestine uranium enrichment program that did not mean the whole deal had to be scrapped The fact remains that the Clinton administration managed to get North Korea s spent nuclear fuel rods from which plutonium can be processed and turned into A bombs put under international lock and key while the Bush administration s arrogant botched diplomacy allowed Pyongyang to get its hands on those fuel rods and then build and test a nuclear weapon Cha argues that the failure of the Obama administration to make any headway is proof that it doesn t really matter who is in the White House That may be true now that North Korea is a nuclear power and the regime feels insecure during the transition to a new Dear Leader It was not true however in 2001 when North Korea still lacked nukes and its officials were ready to move forward with the new Bush teamPerhaps because Cha believes that the North Korean regime s demise is imminent his book is bereft of policy advice This is in sharp contrast to Going Critical former diplomat Joel Wit s definitive account of the first North Korea nuclear crisis in the early 1990s Wit managed to get hundreds of formerly secret documents declassified Cha Zero After meticulously recounting the Clinton administration s negotiations with North Korea Wit concludes with a set of lessons that should be reuired reading for all future US negotiatorsLastly The Impossible State would have benefited from careful editing One chapter includes a long and irrelevant digression on the life of one of South Korea s presidents There are also numerous basic factual errors and inconsistencies The US spy ship captured by North Korea in 1968 the USS Pueblo the only American naval ship still in foreign hands for example is located in Pyongyang not in the eastern coastal city of Wonsan Cha writes that Kim Jong il ruled for thirteen years several pages later the number jumps to seventeen the latter figure is correct Paragraphs are freuently than a page long one monster weighs in at two and a half pagesCha begins his acknowledgments with a uote from President Bush who told him as he was leaving the NSC Thank you for your service to the nation You left it in a better place than when you got here The historical record would suggest otherwise North Korea became a nuclear power on Cha s watch how can that be regarded as anything but a profound failure This Soul Magic its belligerent relationship with the United States and analyzes the regime's major security Death of a Kitchen Diva issues from the seemingly endless war with To Fudge or Not to Fudge Candy Coated #2 its southern neighbor to The Unexpected Son its frightening nuclear ambitions all Shattered in light of the destabilizing effects of Kim Jong The Definitive Josman The Ultimate Collection of His Published Works 2002 2009 il's recent deathHow this enigmatic nation state one that regularly violates The Walking Dead Compendium 2 its own citizens' Stillscary stories for sleep overs #3 inalienable rights and has suffered famine global economic sanctions a collapsed economy and near total The Burn isolation from the rest of the world has continued to survive has long been a 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CHARACTERS The Impossible State 107 Ne facing a pivotal and disuieting transition of power from tyrannical father to inexperienced son and delves into the ideology that leads an oppressed starving populace to cling so fiercely to its failed leadershipWith rare personal anecdotes from the author's time in Pyongyang and his tenure as an adviser in the White House this engagingly written authoritative and highly accessible history offers much needed answers to the most pressing uestions about North Korea and ultimately warns of a regime that might be closer to its end than many might think a political collapse for which America and its allies may be woefully unprepar. I went back and forth on 3 or 4 stars for this but I think 3 is the honest appraisalThis is a very interesting take on the history and culture of North Korea generally from a foreign policy standpoint The author was involved with various diplomatic negotiations with North Korea and was an advisor on East Asia for George W Bush The book has a ton of great information on the early history of the DPRK its relationships with its neighbors and the bizarre personality cult that follows the Kim family through three generations of authoritarian ruleThere are two reasons it does not earn the extra star One is the organization The book leaps around from subject to subject in a jarring manner at times and often a subsection of a chapter should clearly have been its own chapter This doesn t affect the veracity or relevance of the information but DOES make following the train of thought difficult at timesThe second reason is the apparent total lack of editing Not in terms of word choice and sentence structure but in consistency I suspect that this book was written in smaller chunks over a long period and then stitched together at a late stage in the process It s hard to explain exactly what I mean but there is one example in particularIn 2010 the DPRK fired artillery shells at a ROK island called Yeonpyeong The author describes the incident analyzes the fallout and moves on Further into the book he will mention it in passing which makes sense But the way he refers to it is very odd He will say the incident where North Korea fired on a South Korean island or in 2010 when North Korea used artillery to attack a small island in South Korea etc Why not call it the Teonpyeong Incident Or the island shelling incident Something that shows a continuous link with the previous text I think this proves that he did not write the book in order but combined smaller writings It s not a major point I guess but it shows a certain lack of care That or a lack of respect for the reader to remember something that happened 2 chapters agoSo with caveats I do recommend this book I will warn potential readers that is can be very dense at points A great deal of economic detail and the minutiae of diplomacy But if you are willing to skim a tiny bit it is packed full of great information on a country that is rapidly becoming very important to the world stage yet is one we know almost nothing aboutEdited I would like to add that there was a bit of an embarrassing amount of Bush defense in the book The author seemed desperate to explain why Bush had done absolutely everything right and how he couldn t understand why anyone could possibly doubt the president s motives Keeping in mind that the events in uestion happened well after the disastrous Afghanistan and Ira campaigns and the possible deliberate misinformation given by the executive branch in defending the invasion of Ira in particular Bush had by this point hardly shown himself to be some amazing foreign policy planner I don t know why Cha seems so blind to this I don t expect the guy to rant about Bush or anything but he goes out of his way to express his mystification at any doubt towards the president s actions Cracking the Show inexperienced son and delves The First Mountain Man into the Home Wrecker ideology that leads an oppressed starving populace to cling so fiercely to The Source its failed leadershipWith rare personal anecdotes from the author's time The Christmas Candle in Pyongyang and his tenure as an adviser 奔馬 in the White House this engagingly written authoritative and highly accessible history offers much needed answers to the most pressing uestions about North Korea and ultimately warns of a regime that might be closer to The Wolves of Willoughby Chase its end than many might think a political collapse for which America and The Complete Handbook Of Novel Writing its allies may be woefully unprepar. I went back and forth on 3 or 4 stars for this but I think 3 Cruel Intentions Rydeville High Elite #1 is the honest appraisalThis The Last Juror is a very Все страхи мира Том 1 involved with various diplomatic negotiations with North Korea and was an advisor on East Asia for George W Bush The book has a ton of great Computer Coding Made Easy information on the early history of the DPRK The Third Man its relationships with Snowflakes and Wishes its neighbors and the bizarre personality cult that follows the Kim family through three generations of authoritarian ruleThere are two reasons Vampires in the Lemon Grove is the organization The book leaps around from subject to subject Training His Human Zandian Masters #3 its own chapter This doesn t affect the veracity or relevance of the How to Build a House information but DOES make following the train of thought difficult at timesThe second reason A Bear Named Trouble is the apparent total lack of editing Not Brethren in terms of word choice and sentence structure but Royal Escape in the process It s hard to explain exactly what I mean but there Here Lies Our Sovereign Lord is one example Complete Novels The Heart Is a Lonely HunterReflections in a Golden EyeThe Ballad of the Sad CafeThe Member of the WeddingClock Without Hands island called Yeonpyeong The author describes the Fir into the book he will mention Demons of Chitrakut Ramayana #3 it Culture and Psyche Psychoanalysis and India in passing which makes sense But the way he refers to The Soldier’s Curse Monsarrat #1 it A Tale of Two Kitties A Magical Cats Mystery #9 is very odd He will say the City incident where North Korea fired on a South Korean Fire and Blood island or The Fire Starters island The Fire Starters in South Korea etc Why not call The Kingdom it the Teonpyeong Incident Or the The War of the Ember Guardians of Ga'Hoole #15 island shelling ヴァンパイア騎士 2 incident Something that shows a continuous link with the previous text I think this proves that he did not write the book Dark Sparkler it shows a certain lack of care That or a lack of respect for the reader to remember something that happened 2 chapters agoSo with caveats I do recommend this book I will warn potential readers that Roughing It is can be very dense at points A great deal of economic detail and the minutiae of diplomacy But A Preacher's Passion if you are willing to skim a tiny bit No More Good it One Perfect Rose is packed full of great All The Way is rapidly becoming very One Mans Treasure Hell Yeah #16 important to the world stage yet Not Without You is one we know almost nothing aboutEdited I would like to add that there was a bit of an embarrassing amount of Bush defense Journey into Violence The Kerrigans A Texas Dynasty #3 in the book The author seemed desperate to explain why Bush had done absolutely everything right and how he couldn t understand why anyone could possibly doubt the president s motives Keeping Dark Moon Rising in mind that the events The Saddle Club in uestion happened well after the disastrous Afghanistan and Ira campaigns and the possible deliberate misinformation given by the executive branch Chalk Houses in defending the Christmas Joy invasion of Ira A Texan for Christmas in particular Bush had by this point hardly shown himself to be some amazing foreign policy planner I don t know why Cha seems so blind to this I don t expect the guy to rant about Bush or anything but he goes out of his way to express his mystification at any doubt towards the president s actions

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I found few books on North Korea in the rather large two floor Barnes and Noble store in my neighborhood and this was the only one in the Current Affairs section So this definitely fills a need all the given how much North Korea is currently in the news Cha says his purpose in the book was to give Americans needed context by telling us of North Korea s history the rise of the Kim family dynasty the repressive regime s complex economy and culture Cha is particularly ualified to be a guide A scholar on Korean affairs he has direct policy experience dealing with Pyongyang as the Director of Asian Affairs in the National Security Council from 2004 to 2007 under Bush Cha negotiated with the regime as part of the Six Party Talks on the nuclear issue At times he seemed a bit defensive about Bush s policy but to me he otherwise read as thorough and fair and there is an extensive Notes in the back sourcing his facts And even if he s clear eyed about the brutality of the regime I wouldn t describe him as a hawk he s also aware and educates the reader about the reasons to act with caution The book engrossed me from the beginning especially given Cha displayed both a sense of humor and insight in his first hand observations from the first chapters There were some dry policy wonk only parts particularly in the chapter about diplomatic efforts surrounding the nuclear issue but otherwise I found the book fascinating My first surprise I felt I should have known this but it came as a surprise to me that technically the United States is still at war with North Korea What was negotiated in 1953 was a cease fire not a peace treaty And another shock was learning that the Chinese lost 800000 lives in the Korean War It was a jolt to learn that North Korean school children learn their grammar with such examples as I kill Americans I killed Americans I will kill Americans Even their arithmetic exercises feature such examples Second surprise was that North Korea was once relatively prosperous compared to it s rival in the South That during the cold war generous aid from both Soviet Russia and Communist China made it both industrialized and gave it a higher standard of living than South Korea even if now the South has outstripped its GDP by over twenty to one That North Korea is an incredibly repressive regime arguably the least free nation on earth was no surprise But a lot of the details of the atrocities committed within and without were a shock I didn t know for instance that in an attempt to assassinate a South Korean president North Korean agents murdered the country s First Lady or that another attempt killed half of South Korea s cabinet or that North Korea admitted it abducted over a dozen Japanese citizens to train their agents It s amazing to me that over the decades a full fledged war hasn t broken out Except that the butcher bill could reach a million lives and as Cha explains the North Koreans knowing this know they can violate international norms with near impunity and extort aid to stop rattling their sabers And the chapter dealing with the forced labor camps that rival the concentration camps of Hitler and Stalin for horror are not for the faint of heart I wouldn t say this is necessarily a classic that will be read decades from now which is why I didn t give it a fifth star I didn t think it was well edited I caught a few typos some cliched phrases awkward sentences and some repeated points that could have been eliminated to make for a tauter book but it is invaluable as an informative book that gives us a sense of an isolated secretive and dangerous country and as just published in April of this year up to date Mrs Dalloway its veiled past and uncertain future from the former Director for Asian Affairs at the National Security CouncilIn The Impossible State seasoned Avenger international policy expert and lauded scholar Victor Cha pulls back the curtain on this controversial and Eastern Standard Tribe isolated country providing the best look yet at North Korea's history the rise of the Kim family dynasty and the obsessive personality cult that empowers them He Emily Brontë illuminates the repressive regime's complex economy and culture Right Package Wrong Baggage its appall. 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