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Understanding the Divine Rule of Kim Jong Un

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North Korea is squarely in the international spotlight following Kim Jong Un’s recent summit meetings, most notably with President Trump, President Putin and China’s Xi Jinping. Since becoming Supreme Leader of North Korea at the age of 27 in 2011, Kim Jong Un has also solidified his leadership at home, clearing out his father’s top advisors and expanding the nation’s nuclear program. Kim Jong Un himself is often painted as difficult to understand and capable of odd behavior, however he has successfully maintained the dictatorial rule that has characterized North Korea for decades and made substantial progress on the international front. Inside the country, conditions are reported to be improving with increased economic activity and the easing of tensions with South Korea.

Anna Fifield, Beijing Bureau Chief for the Washington Post, argues that to understand North Korea we must better understand Kim Jong Un. What is known about the closed-off nation as it rises to a more prominent role on the global stage? What guides the private leader and the police state he has inherited and maintained in North Korea? How does Kim Jong Un’s rule differ from his predecessors and what impact has his rule had on North Koreans? How should we interpret Kim Jong Un’s new relationships with world leaders and his recent actions surrounding missile tests?

Anna Fifield will discuss her new book “The Great Successor: The Divinely Perfect Destiny of Brilliant Comrade Jong Un”, which looks into the rise of Kim Jong Un and how his personal obsessions have influenced his reign over North Korea. Fifield is considered one of the most authoritative journalists on North Korea after visiting the country dozens of time and spending years reporting from China, Japan, and the Koreas. In 2018, she received the Shorenstein Journalism Award from Stanford University for her outstanding reporting on Asia.

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