Aiming for a Nuke-Free Korea
Moon has not spelled out his “one-shot” strategy for finally solving one of the most intractable problems bequeathed by the cold war, but its shape is starting to emerge as he prepares for a summit meeting with the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
April 18, 2018
North Korea’s Not-So-Simple Succession
The Kim is dead. Long live the Kim. That, at least, is the story you’ll get from most of the initial takes on the death of Kim Jong Il, whose death was announced Monday around noon, Korean time. His designated political heir, his son Kim Jong Un, is now set to take the reins. That, at least, is how it’s supposed to happen according to the peculiar rules of the world’s only communist monarchy. After all, isn’t the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea a staunchly totalitarian state where nothing ever changes? Actually, no. You could have gotten away with writing that just a few years ago. But too much has happened in North Korea in the interim.
December 19, 2011