7 Aug
The Long History of (Wrongly) Predicting North Korea’s Collapse  |  The Atlantic
By Armin Rosen
It turns out that Kim Jong Un, the doughy ex-playboy and Disney enthusiast-turned hereditary neo-Stalinist overlord, is hardly as feckless or as cartoonish as he may appear, according to a new report from the International Crisis Group. “When it comes to institutions usable for social control, the [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] is a hyperdeveloped state,” announces North Korean Succession and the Risks of Regime Stability. “Kim is young and inexperienced, but the instruments of control have been established by his grandfather [Kim il Sung] and father [Kim Jong Il], and he has pledged to adhere to their policy line. This means reform prospects are dim. He could well be around for decades — and with a growing nuclear arsenal.”
FULL ARTICLE (The Atlantic) 
Photo: David Stanley/Flickr

The Long History of (Wrongly) Predicting North Korea’s Collapse  |  The Atlantic

By Armin Rosen

It turns out that Kim Jong Un, the doughy ex-playboy and Disney enthusiast-turned hereditary neo-Stalinist overlord, is hardly as feckless or as cartoonish as he may appear, according to a new report from the International Crisis Group. “When it comes to institutions usable for social control, the [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] is a hyperdeveloped state,” announces North Korean Succession and the Risks of Regime Stability. “Kim is young and inexperienced, but the instruments of control have been established by his grandfather [Kim il Sung] and father [Kim Jong Il], and he has pledged to adhere to their policy line. This means reform prospects are dim. He could well be around for decades — and with a growing nuclear arsenal.”

FULL ARTICLE (The Atlantic) 

Photo: David Stanley/Flickr

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