North Korea’s Third Hereditary Succession: Determining Factors and Hidden Meanings
Seung Yeol Lee
North Korea appointed Kim Jong Un, the youngest son of Kim Jong Il, to the position of vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) at the third Party Convention on September 28, 2010. The main characteristic of North Korea’s method of succession can be explained as, “the unitary leadership of the successor will be completed as long as the suryong is living.”This is unique and differs from how other socialist countries historically have selected their new leaders. The determining factors differences and hidden meanings will play a pivotal role in the success or failure of Kim Jong Un. As a result, in the course of the power shift, the possibility of political change in North Korea will continue to increase.
Understanding North Korea’s Resilience through Economy, Laws and Governance: a review of introductory sources and essential monographs
This article reviews contributions that may help researchers re-evaluate the question of the North Korea’s remarkable resilience in spite of its undeniable economic failure, a seemingly obscure legal system, and […]
South Korea’s Foreign Policy in Changing Times: Reversing Course?
Abstract: The tragedy currently unfolding in Ukraine may be a symptom of new dynamics in global geopolitics. The changing balance of power epitomized by the rise of China and the […]
Education and Development in North Korea: The Push for a “Science-Based Economy” Under Kim Jong Un
Abstract This Issue Brief analyzes the development of education in North Korea with particular focus on the Kim Jong Un era and the recent government’s emphasis on scientific development. Once […]
North Korean Women as New Economic Agents: Drivers and Consequences
Abstract This Issue Brief explores the changing social and economic role of women in North Korea since the so-called Arduous March of the 1990s. With the breakdown of the public […]