Who is Kim Jong-un?

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un waves to the members of the Korean People's Army.

Jung Pak, senior fellow in Foreign Policy and the SK-Korea Foundation Chair in Korea Studies, discusses North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un’s rise to power, his objectives, and the United States’ military and diplomatic options for the Korean peninsula. In a new Brookings Essay, “The education of Kim Jong-un,” Pak further explains Kim’s upbringing and makes recommendations for thwarting Kim’s ambitions.

Also in this episode, David Wessel discusses his views on the recent volatility of the stock market and what relationship, if any, it has to the economy.

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