The 1994-2004 period in North Korean can be seen as a time of de-Stalinization from below. In spite of the government’s unwillingness to introduce meaningful reforms, the hyper-Stalinist system slowly disintegrated.
However, recent events clearly indicate that since 2004, the North Korean government has been trying to re-establish control over society and reverse the changes that happened in the decade after Kim Il Sung’s death.
Turning Back the Clock: Attempts to Reclaim Control in North Korea after 2004
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
On February 11, the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies at Brookings and the U.S.-Korea Institute at SAIS hosted Dr. Andrei Lankov for a presentation on the North Korean government’s attempt at reestablishing its control and reversing the changes that occurred in the decade after Kim Il Sung’s death.