Between Nuclear Armament and Economic Pragmatism: Is North Korea Facing Change?
Asia Policy Brief 2013/04, Gütersloh: Bertelsmann Foundation, pp. 1-8
8 Pages Posted: 7 Dec 2016
Date Written: April 2013
The balance a year and a half after the meanwhile second hereditary power transfer to Kim Jong-Un (Kim Chŏng-ŭn), grandson of the founder of the state, is undecided. The breakdown of the system, predicted by many analysts, has not happened yet. Neither have the reforms that were expected from the young man who has supposedly been educated in Switzerland. The country is not in stagnation however – quite the opposite. What has happened in North Korea in the last two years? What development trends are there and how can other countries approach them? These questions are discussed in the light of the tense security-political and humanitarian environment and the corresponding risks in this Asia Policy Brief
Keywords: North Korea, Kim Jong-Un,
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