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The Impossible State

CSIS | Center for Strategic and International Studies

North Korea is the Impossible State. Each week join the people who know the most about North Korea—The Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Victor Cha, Mike Green, and Sue Mi Terry—for an insider's discussion with host H. Andrew Schwartz about the United States’ top national security priority. Email your questions to


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In this episode, Dr. Victor Cha is joined by Dr. Andrew Yeo, senior fellow and the SK-Korea Foundation Chair in Korea Studies at the Brookings Institution's Center for East Asian Policy Studies, and professor of politics at The Catholic University of... more

16 days ago

This special episode is from the 7th annual ROK-U.S. Strategic Forum on June 6, 2022, CSIS Korea Chair's premier international forum bringing together policymakers, experts, and officials to discuss US-ROK alliance issues. Moderated by Amb. Mark Lipp... more

a month ago

In a crossover episode with CSIS's The Truth of the Matter, Dr. Victor Cha and Andrew Schwartz talk about what is expected to be North Korea's seventh nuclear test and its repercussions - from our recent Beyond Parallel report.

a month ago


4.5 out of 5 stars from 111 ratings
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    Thanks for the timely and valuable insights!

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    I mean this is THE WORST stuffs EVER!!! Don't waste time to listen this junk!

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    The consistent personal attacks on Trump completely undermine the program’s claims to expertise and objectivity. more

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    United States3 years ago
  • Best show for in-depth analysis of North Korea and the US strategy

    Minjong Kim
    4 years ago
  • The best analysis on North Korea

    With academics and policy makers as regular guests, The Impossible State podcast offers deep insight into the politics of North Korea, and the reasons for its behaviour on the world stage. Essential listening.

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