North Korea

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North Korea After Kim Jong-il

Speakers: Scott A. Snyder and Paul B. Stares
Presider: Anya Schmemann

The death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il has raised serious concerns over the future of the country and stability in the Korean peninsula. His son Kim Jong-un is now expected to take over the helm of the nuclear-armed Communist country, one of the most closed-off societies in the world. While some experts believe the country might see some reform in the period after Kim, others see little hope for change, especially in the ongoing effort to rid North Korea of its nuclear weapons.

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U.S. Policy Toward the Korean Peninsula: Report of a CFR-Sponsored Independent Task Force (Audio)

Speakers: Charles L. "Jack" Pritchard, Evans J.R. Revere, and Scott A. Snyder
Introductory Speaker: Anya Schmemann
Presider: David E. Sanger

Members of the CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force on U.S. Policy Toward the Korean Peninsula discuss the findings and recommendations of the report.

This Task Force is made possible in part by generous support from the Korea Foundation.

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U.S. Policy Toward the Korean Peninsula: Report of a CFR-Sponsored Independent Task Force (Audio)

Speakers: Charles L. "Jack" Pritchard, John Tilelli Jr., and Scott A. Snyder
Introductory Speaker: Anya Schmemann
Presider: John C. Bussey

Members of the CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force on U.S. Policy Toward the Korean Peninsula discuss the findings and recommendations of the report.

This Task Force is made possible in part by generous support from the Korea Foundation.

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North Korea's Capitalist Experiment

Author: Esther Pan

The government of North Korean President Kim Jung-Il retains a virtual death grip on the nation's economy, directing all official economic activity through an authoritarian command system. But recent moves to liberalize some aspects of the economy pose a dilemma for Kim: the country needs to modernize to survive, but opening up the economy will threaten his hold on power.

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