Survival strategies of the North Korean elite

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Survival strategies of the North Korean elite
// Pathways to Peace and Security. 2020. No 1(58). P. 103-121

DOI: 10.20542/2307-1494-2020-1-103-121

Andrei Lankov is Professor of Kookmin University (Seoul, South Korea)

Abstract. For decades, a number of observers argued that the North Korean regime was on the brink of collapse. However, the regime has demonstrated remarkable resilience and probably will persist for a long time. The article deals with the factors that either pose a threat to regime’s stability (above all, the existence of rich, free, and attractive South Korea) or contribute to its consolidation (cohesion of elites). The post-2011 policy of North Korea is also analyzed as a set of measures that are primarily aimed at neutralizing external and internal threats to the regime’s long-term stability. While a possibility of a sudden collapse of the Kim family’s regime cannot be excluded, it is more likely that the regime will keep the country under its control for the foreseeable future.

Keywords: North Korea, DPRK, reforms, political stability, elite


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For citation:
Lankov A. Survival strategies of the North Korean elite . Pathways to Peace and Security, 2020, No 1(58), pp. 103-121. https://doi.org/10.20542/2307-1494-2020-1-103-121



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