As inter-Korean relations continue to improve, many believe that this time is fundamentally different than past episodes of détente.
This is primarily driven by the decision-makers at the top, especially Kim Jong Un, argues Yonsei University’s John Delury.
He believes Kim may be the next East Asian authoritarian reform-driven strong man – à la South Korea’s Park Chung-hee and Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew – who cares deeply about reform and economic development while placing human rights and liberties on the back burner.
John Delury is an historian of modern China and expert on U.S.-China relations and Korean Peninsula affairs. He teaches Chinese Studies at Yonsei University in Seoul.
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