Kim Jong Un’s Changing Public Persona
By Emma Nymoen
COVID-19 has given Kim a unique opportunity to shift his public persona from that of a military leader into more of a father figure – even as he imposes stricter policies than ever.
Can North Korea Survive Without Its Chairman?
By Chan Young Bang
For all intents and purposes, Kim Jong Un is the DPRK. Such a system won't survive a leadership transition at this juncture.
Kim Jong Un Is Back, But North Korea Should Still Prepare for Leadership Transition
By Cui Lei
Kim’s reappearance ends the current round of rumors, but health concerns will linger.
A Generational Shift in Pyongyang: Is Change Ahead?
By Jongsoo Lee
Kim Jong-un may be ready to assert his own unique leadership style.
North Korea’s Rhetoric Hides Its True Intentions
By Jack Hands
Pyongyang’s bellicose language is very carefully calculated.