The family feuds of the Kim dynasty

Two deaths, multiple exiles have settled potential disputes between siblings
January 15th, 2014
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The sudden dismissal and judicial murder of Jang Song Thaek has attracted much attention to the North Korean royal family. Indeed, Jang’s demise was unprecedented, but this large and steadily growing family has never been free of feuds, quarrels and rivalries. In this regard, it is not much different from most royal families in an

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About the Author

Andrei Lankov

Andrei Nikolaevich Lankov is a Russian scholar of Asia and a specialist in Korean studies. He completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at Leningrad State University in 1986 and 1989, respectively; He also attended Pyongyang's Kim Il-sung University in 1985. Following his graduate studies, he taught Korean history and language at his alma mater, and in 1992 went to South Korea for work; he moved to Australia in 1996 to take up a post at the Australian National University, and moved back to Seoul to teach at Kookmin University in 2004. Dr. Lankov has a DPRK-themed Livejournal blog in Russian with occasional English posts, where he documents aspects of life in North (and South) Korea, together with his musings and links to his publications. He also writes columns for the English-language daily The Korea Times.

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