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Less than a year from the future Olympic Winter Games, PyeongChang is almost ready. The sports facilities have been completed, the test trials have been successfully conducted, the pennants float proudly at the streetlights of Alpensia, the mountain resort that will host some of the competitions and athletes in February 2018.

At the time of publishing these lines, North Korea had not ruled out the possibility of sending athletes to PyeongChang. Benoît Hardy-Chartrand argues that the hypothesis is likely: representatives of the two Koreas participated in the summer games of 2000 and 2004, he recalls. Would those of 2018 help to ease the long-term...

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