Although written prior to the death of Kim Chong-il
and Kim Chong-un's ascension to power in December 2011, the book analyzes key considerations and the internal power structure of the North Korean government, thereby highlighting the power transfer and hurdles that Kim Chong-un might encounter.
Gause describes the key events of North Korean politics since the assumption of power of Kim Chong-il
(more commonly known as Kim Jong-il) in 1994, investigating the intermixture of domestic and external affairs in the decision-making processes and institutions of the North Korean leadership and the likely prospects and effects of the dynastic succession of Kim's son Kim Jong-un.
South Korean consumption to emerge relatively unscathed if North KoreaAEs fades back into a pattern of isolation, but it is far from clear at this point whether North KoreaAEs Kim Chong-Il
will settle for that option.