June 02, 2023

Is revolution possible in North Korea?

A study of popular uprisings offers some insights into how Kim Jong Un could fall

Since the beginning of North Korean history, a significant portion of Korea watchers have been waiting patiently for a revolution to happen in Pyongyang.

The number of people making predictions has increased or decreased according to the changing political landscape: in the early 1990s, for example, it was a view held by a majority that North Korea was ripe for a massive, perhaps violent, overthrow of the seemingly anachronistic and irrational regime.