The Last Days of Kim Jong-il: The North Korean Threat in a Changing Era

The Last Days of Kim Jong-il: The North Korean Threat in a Changing Era

Bruce E. Bechtol Jr.


North Korea has remained a thorn within the aspect of the us ever considering the fact that its construction within the aftermath of the Korean clash of 1950–1953. Crafting a international coverage that successfully bargains with North Korea, whereas nonetheless making sure balance and defense at the Korean Peninsula—and in Northeast Asia as a whole—has proved very tough for successive American administrations. within the wake of ruler Kim Jong-il’s dying in December 2011, analysts and policymakers proceed to take a position in regards to the impression his final years as chief could have at the way forward for North Korea.

Bruce Bechtol, Jr. contends that Kim Jong-il’s regime (1994–2011) exacerbated the threats that North Korea posed, and nonetheless poses, to the area. Bechtol explains how North Korea offers very important demanding situations on 5 key fronts: its evolving traditional army possibility, its approach within the Northern restrict Line (NLL) region, its nuclear features, its help for terrorism, and its dealing with of the succession process.

Bechtol’s research clears up the continual secret of ways Kim Jong-il’s dysfunctional executive in its ultimate years used to be in a position to persist in strength whereas either featuring a grave threat to its associates and surroundings the level for the present govt. This paintings addresses concerns vital for policymakers and lecturers who needs to take care of these in energy in North Korea.

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