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Al Jazeera | Life after North Korea's Kim Jong-il

North Korea mourns for Kim Jong-Il’s death, and the country and the international community wrestle with his legacy and North Korea’s uncertain political future.

Comprehensive Questions

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We generally think of strong states as those governments that fulfill the basic tasks of a state while weak states often fall short of these tasks. In what ways might we consider North Korea under the Il dynasty a strong state, and in what ways might it be considered weak?
2. Based on his video, how would you describe North Korea’s government in terms of autonomy and capacity?
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Would we consider the North Korean government a “legitimate” government? What gives them legitimacy?

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In what area is North Korea strongest in regards to capacity?
2. As demonstrated in this video, what type of legitimacy does the North Korean government rely on to maintain their power?
3 . Currently, who is North Korea’s ally in the region?

Al Jazeera | Interview with Dr. Afyare Elmi

Every year, Foreign Policy releases their failed state index; 2011 was the fourth year in a row where Somalia topped the list. Al Jazeera interviews Dr. Afyare Elmi, an Assistant Professor of International Affairs at Qatar University and a Somali, about what life is like in a failed state.

Comprehensive Questions

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What is it like for a normal citizen living in a failed state? What basic needs are they unable to fulfill?
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According to Dr. Elmi, what are the most important things to change to end Somalia’s failed state problem?
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Multiple Choice Questions

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According to Dr. Elmi, why does Somalia always top the list of failed states? Why do we see no change?
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Why did the Somali Prime Minister resign, according to Dr. Elmi?
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What is the name of the Islamic militant group that operates in Somalia?

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