DKI APCSS Professor James Minnich recently published an OpEd titled “North Korea’s ruling dynasty will continue, with Kim Yo-jong next in line” in The Telegraph.
In this paper, Minnich writes “Today’s potential succession questions are the same with the addition of the gender question as a debated leadership characteristic. Kim Yo-jong is the most prominent dynastic Kim today, after her brother, Chairman Kim Jong-un. Kim Yo-jong, 32, is a senior official in the Workers’ Party of Korea and serves as First Deputy Director of the Propaganda and Agitation Department and alternate member of the Politburo. She has been prominent in several key decisions and engagements, and orchestrated the national adulation of her brother, Kim Jong-un.”
Dr. James Minnich is Professor at Daniel K Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. Dr. Minnich is a retired U.S. Army colonel and a senior service college distinguished honor graduate from the Korean National Defense University in Seoul, Korea. The views expressed in this piece are his own.