The 7th Party Congress in North Korea: A Return to a New Normal
38 North, 2016
7 Pages Posted: 7 Dec 2016
Date Written: May 20, 2016
The single most remarkable thing about the 7th Congress of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) is that it took place. After a 36-year hiatus, it was, without doubt, a noteworthy event, but the truly big news we were waiting for — such as an announcement of a drastically new economic policy or a switch to collective leadership — was missing. There wasn’t even a major purge. Looking back at my November 2015 preview of the Congress, of the two options presented for how the Congress would turn out, Option 1: a “return to a new normal,” came closest to reality.
Keywords: Korean Studies, Korea (North and/or South), North Korea (politics and society), North Korean Economy, North Korea, North Korean Studies
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