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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[On the possibility of ongoing secret negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea] I am always wondering if my chain is being yanked. It could also mean Kim is trying to undermine Moon, who positions himself as a broker between the U.S. and North Korea. These two potential explanations are not mutually exclusive.