Charles K. Armstrong, Columbia University
Kim Jong Un has recently taken leadership of North Korea following the death of his father, Kim Jong Il. How did North Korea become the world's only communist dynasty, now under the third generation of Kim family rule? What is the likelihood that North Korea's new leader will maintain his hold on power? This talk discusses North Korea's current leadership transition in light of past experiences, including founding leader Kim Il Sung's consolidation of power in the 1940s and 1950s and Kim Jong Il's succession in the 1980s and 1990s. Over the past six decades North Korea has created a unique and surprisingly resilient political system, one whose ability to survive should not be underestimated, despite the tremendous pressures facing the country. Co-sponsored by Korea Forum. For additional information: 668-2603.