Kim Jong-un was mysteriously absent from both the state event of Kim Il-sung’s birthday on April 15, 2020 and the celebration of Korean People’s Army Day on April 25, 2020. This set off a media frenzy about the state of his health. Social media quickly divided into two camps: one claiming he was either dead or in a vegetative state, and the other claiming it was all fake news motivated by anti-North Korean ideology. On May 1, 2020, pictures and video clips were broadcast on North Korean media of Kim Jong-un attending a ceremony, so he appears—if appearances can be trusted—to be alive.
What will happen to North Korea if Kim Jong-un’s regime collapses? Although the North Korean leader has reappeared in public, Oriana Skylar Mastro warns that we should start preparing for the sudden collapse of his regime.
Oriana Skylar Mastro
Author: Jeffrey Robertson, ANU
If tensions between the United States and North Korea bubbled up to the surface circa 2017, would Trump consider the option to take out a member of the North’s senior military or political leadership? Would one of those targets be Kim Jong-un himself?
Evans J.R. Revere
Authors: Jonathan T Chow, Wheaton College, and Leif-Eric Easley, Ewha Womans University
Author: Stephen Costello, George Washington University