Every strategy toward the DPRK so far seems to have failed. Anything adopted is likely to be only a second best. However, today even second best would be a major step forward. It's time for Washington to try something different.
The assumption that all North Korean citizens are inseparable from their government is understandable considering everything we hear about the country in Western media. But North Koreans are human, just like us, and possess a powerful curiosity.
When you acknowledge the level of control that exists, you can begin to wonder about what you're not seeing and question the validity of what you are. Much of North Korea remains a mystery, but it feels less opaque and more penetrable than it was before. I know that I want to go back.