North Korea’s Third Hereditary Succession: Determining Factors and Hidden Meanings
North Korea appointed Kim Jong Un, the youngest son of Kim Jong Il, to the position of vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) at the third Party Convention on September 28, 2010. The main characteristic of North Korea’s method of succession can be explained as, “the unitary leadership of the successor will be completed as long as the suryong is living.”This is unique and differs from how other socialist countries historically have selected their new leaders. The determining factors differences and hidden meanings will play a pivotal role in the success or failure of Kim Jong Un. As a result, in the course of the power shift, the possibility of political change in North Korea will continue to increase.
Risk Reduction and Crisis Management on the Korean Peninsula
The situation on the Korean Peninsula is inherently intertwined with the growing instability of the East Asian security environment, where high tensions significantly increase the risk of unintended incidents and armed […]
Kishida in Cambodia: Seeking Regional Consensus Amid the China Threat?
Last of a two part series on Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s travel to India and Cambodia in March 2022. This article is part of the [Asia’s Next Page] series on JAPAN […]
China’s Communist Party at 100: From Revolution to Rule
Introduction The founding of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in 1949 was a turning point in the history of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), which celebrates its hundredth anniversary […]
The Dawn of the Digital Yuan: China’s Central Bank Digital Currency and Its Implications
Summary The COVID-19 pandemic has driven digital innovation and proved to be an enabling episode for the technology industry; the growing focus on central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) comes within such a context. China has rushed to […]