The 7th Congress of the Workers’ Party of Korea in 2016: Return to a New Normal or Risk a Take-Off?

38 North, 2015

5 Pages Posted: 29 Nov 2016

Date Written: November 11, 2015

Abstract

The North Korean media have on October 30th, 2015, announced that the 7th Congress of the Worker's Party will be convened in May 2016. Given the fact that the last one took place in 1980, and that so far no further details were provided, this short article attempts a rigorous speculation about the reasons for holding the Congress now, and its potential Content. In short, there are two Options: return to a regular, structured rule by or through the Party, or the anouncement of a Major Change. The latter could even include a Reform following the examples of China (1982) or Vietnam (1986).

Keywords: Korea (North and/or South), North Korea (politics and society), North Korea, North Korean Studies

Suggested Citation

Frank, Ruediger, The 7th Congress of the Workers’ Party of Korea in 2016: Return to a New Normal or Risk a Take-Off? (November 11, 2015). 38 North, 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2874389

Ruediger Frank (Contact Author)

University of Vienna ( email )

Spitalgasse 2, 2.3
Vienna, Vienna 1090
Austria

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