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Information related to North Korea’s leadership and leadership structures

Military drills and leadership changes top agenda in January

Military drills and leadership changes top agenda in January

Winter training keeps military affairs in spotlight; Kim’s sister increasingly prominent

Military drills and leadership changes top agenda in January
John G. GrisafiJohn G. Grisafi February 6, 2015
December: Military drills, political anniversaries; reviewing elite changes in 2014

December: Military drills, political anniversaries; reviewing elite changes in 2014

Month of December, year of 2014 follow patterns of Kim consolidating power since becoming leader in 2011

December: Military drills, political anniversaries; reviewing elite changes in 2014
John G. GrisafiJohn G. Grisafi January 12, 2015
N. Korea makes more military leadership changes

N. Korea makes more military leadership changes

Two officers assume new senior leadership roles, new air force commander elevated in rank

N. Korea makes more military leadership changes
John G. GrisafiJohn G. Grisafi January 9, 2015
Three-year anniversary of Kim Jong Il’s death important milestone

Three-year anniversary of Kim Jong Il’s death important milestone

Traditional mourning period handled differently by Kim Jong Un, but still meaningful for succession

Three-year anniversary of Kim Jong Il’s death important milestone
John G. GrisafiJohn G. Grisafi December 17, 2014
November: Military and diplomatic focus, status of Kim’s family

November: Military and diplomatic focus, status of Kim’s family

North continues diplomatic campaign while preparing for military drills; Kim’s sister rises while wife absent

November: Military and diplomatic focus, status of Kim’s family
John G. GrisafiJohn G. Grisafi December 8, 2014
October: State media treats all as normal as Kim Jong Un ends absence

October: State media treats all as normal as Kim Jong Un ends absence

Pyongyang reinforces image of Kim still fully in power, with his status unquestioned

October: State media treats all as normal as Kim Jong Un ends absence
John G. GrisafiJohn G. Grisafi November 10, 2014
September: Kim Jong Un a virtual no-show

September: Kim Jong Un a virtual no-show

Kim’s absence, continuing position changes lead to uncertainty and speculation about the regime

September: Kim Jong Un a virtual no-show
John G. GrisafiJohn G. Grisafi September 6, 2014
Heavy emphasis on military activity in July

Heavy emphasis on military activity in July

Pyongyang conducts high volume of military drills, promotes and demotes more officers

Heavy emphasis on military activity in July
John G. GrisafiJohn G. Grisafi August 8, 2014
N. Korea emphasizes island defense & assault capabilities

N. Korea emphasizes island defense & assault capabilities

Island warfare key consideration in Pyongyang’s offensive, defensive military strategy

N. Korea emphasizes island defense & assault capabilities
John G. GrisafiJohn G. Grisafi July 14, 2014
N. Korea continues consolidation of power in June

N. Korea continues consolidation of power in June

Pyongyang shuffles more leadership & military positions, streamlines more agencies

N. Korea continues consolidation of power in June
John G. GrisafiJohn G. Grisafi July 9, 2014