N. Korea succession challenge

December 19th, 2011

International relations professor William Keylor, author of A World of Nations: The International Order Since 1945, offers the following comment on the succession challenges facing North Korea following the death of their dictator, Kim Jong Il:

“The death of a dictator in a country without regular procedures for succession is likely to result in a fierce power struggle (as happened after the death of Lenin in 1924 and Stalin in 1953) and therefore a period of instability. The youth and unpreparedness of King Jong Il’s chosen successor will probably increase the likelihood of tension and conflict within the hermit kingdom until a particular faction prevails.”

Contact Keylor at 617-964-1892; wrkeylor@bu.edu

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