October 17, 2019
The North Korean bureaucracy is here to stay
Former communist states, post-liberation South Korea show difficulty of replacing experienced public servants
It is impossible to predict the path that North Korea will take in the next two decades. It could become a “developmental dictatorship,” presided over by Kim Jong Un or other members of his family. It might collapse and then be absorbed into the South (still the most likely outcome). Or, a deep internal crisis might trigger a Chinese intervention and lead to the emergence of a pro-Chinese