Fyodor Tertitskiy is a leading researcher at Seoul’s Kookmin University. He holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Seoul National University, and is author of “North Korea before Kim Il Sung,” which you can buy here.
The DPRK leader's death could lead to a major power vacuum, though stability would likely prevail
The Rodong highlighted how much people missed the leader — and put a positive spin on the outcome
Pyongyang's historians largely borrowed from Soviet accounts — with a few noteworthy differences
Former members of the 88 brigade came to form much of the DPRK's top brass
Despite some reforms, government control of food production remains strict
Many believed the explosion represented an attempt on Kim Jong Il's life
Rise in stature of Kim Il Sung's wife came in concert with her son's efforts to become successor
Institute for American Studies statement repeats several recent DPRK talking points
The dramatic arrest and death of Kim Jong Un's uncle remains an unprecedented moment in DPRK history
Absent role in state media for several decades, death of Kim Song Ae unlikely to have much impact
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