Dennis Rodman is in North Korea on a "basketball diplomacy" trip with the Harlem Globetrotters and Vice Media Group. Understandably this won't please every North Korea relations expert right now, but I've always been a proponent of using all styles of engagement in order to progress communications with non-allies--even when the star is described as looking like "a monster!"
However…the main worrisome part about events like this is how the spectacle of the visitors--Rodman, Globetrotters, Vice--often overshadow their actual objective of cultural exchange. And let's not forget the sad truth about the lucky North Korean kids that get to shoot hoops with these stars--they'll come exclusively from the privileged families of Pyongyang that aren't fighting to survive through perennial food shortages and crumbling infrastructure. Rest assured that the footage of this trip won't include the reality of the impoverished majority.
But, baby steps?