Continuity through change: North Korea's second succession

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The accession of Kim Jong Un represents a potential moment for change in North Korea, especially given potential leadership changes in China and South Korea. There are signs of a more collective leadership and some moves away from the charismatic leader model. Agricultural production is still weak though improving, while industry still faces many problems, not least the distortions caused by disproportionate spending on the military. Special Economic Zones will be a future focus for driving growth but FDI is difficult to attract to North Korea. Energy problems could be aided by the building of an oil pipeline connecting Russia and South Korea but this raises security problems.

Keywords: AGRICULTURE; ENERGY; INDUSTRY; KIM JONG UN; NORTH KOREA; SECURITY; SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONES

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3898/136266212803853536

Publication date: November 6, 2012

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