‘The Great Successor’: Understanding Kim Jong Un and North Korea

The Great Successor is an insightful quest to understand Kim Jong Un. His life story is swathed in myth and propaganda, from the plainly silly claim that he could drive from the age of three, to the grim and bloody stories of the enemies and family members who have perished at his command. His behavior — and North Korea’s — have inspired fear as well as ridicule. Yet, those who relegate Kim and the “Hermit Kingdom” to a mere caricature will miss the changes and challenges from North Korea under his leadership. Kim Jong Un has defied labels. Is he a tyrant? A Great Leader? Little Rocket Man? He is the first North Korean leader to set foot on South Korean soil and has twice brought a sitting U.S. President to the negotiating table — will he be the leader that brings North Korea into the community of nations?

Join us for a conversation with Anna Fifield, author of The Great Successor: The Divinely Perfect Destiny of Brilliant Comrade Kim Jong Un and Beijing Bureau Chief for The Washington Post, and Asia Society Policy Institute’s Daniel Russel, on Kim Jong Un and the trajectory he has set for North Korea. What comes next after the breakdown of negotiations with the U.S. in Hanoi?











When: Thu., June 13, 2019 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Where: Asia Society and Museum
725 Park Ave.
212-288-6400
Price: Members $15; Seniors $17; Non-members $20; Free for students with valid ID
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The Great Successor is an insightful quest to understand Kim Jong Un. His life story is swathed in myth and propaganda, from the plainly silly claim that he could drive from the age of three, to the grim and bloody stories of the enemies and family members who have perished at his command. His behavior — and North Korea’s — have inspired fear as well as ridicule. Yet, those who relegate Kim and the “Hermit Kingdom” to a mere caricature will miss the changes and challenges from North Korea under his leadership. Kim Jong Un has defied labels. Is he a tyrant? A Great Leader? Little Rocket Man? He is the first North Korean leader to set foot on South Korean soil and has twice brought a sitting U.S. President to the negotiating table — will he be the leader that brings North Korea into the community of nations?

Join us for a conversation with Anna Fifield, author of The Great Successor: The Divinely Perfect Destiny of Brilliant Comrade Kim Jong Un and Beijing Bureau Chief for The Washington Post, and Asia Society Policy Institute’s Daniel Russel, on Kim Jong Un and the trajectory he has set for North Korea. What comes next after the breakdown of negotiations with the U.S. in Hanoi?

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