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The Death of Kim Jong Il


North Korean leader Kim Jong Il meets with Korean People's Army personnel in September 1988. He died of an apparent heart attack on Saturday at 69. (AFP/Getty Images) 

The North Korean dictator's death on December 17, 2011 has profound implications both for Asia and the world. In the articles below, Asia Society experts weigh in from a variety of perspectives on Kim's passing and what it likely means for the long-isolated North Korean nation and its neighbors.

On January 23 Asia Society New York is also presenting a panel discussion in its HBO Hotspots series, "Ending North Korea's Nuclear Program," with Ambassador Stephen W. Bosworth, the United States' Special Representative for North Korea Policy, and Asia Society Associate Fellow Charles K. Armstrong, Professor of Korean Studies at Columbia University. Click here for complete details on that program.

French: Why Kim Jong Un Should Mourn Until 2013

Policy Paul French, author of North Korea: The Paranoid Peninsula, says "we shouldn't expect anything of substance to come out of Pyongyang for a year."
December 19th by Paul French |

Videos/Tweets: Weeping and Laughing for the 'Dear Leader'

Multimedia North Koreans have entered 12 days of mourning in honor of their longtime leader Kim Jong Il. Meanwhile, comedians elsewhere seems to have entered into 12 days of jokes.
December 19th by Shreeya Sinha |

Gilholm: Kim Jong Il's Death Reduces Regime's Life Expectancy

Policy It would be surprising if Kim Jong Un can reinvent and sustain the system as his father did after 1994, argues Andrew Gilholm.
December 19th by Andrew Gilholm |

Stumpf: Kim Jong Il's Death an Opportunity for US, China

Policy For the new leadership of North Korea, its primary goals will be to seek regime survival by consolidating power within North Korea first. This alone is an opportunity for the United States, China and the other parties.
December 19th by Matt Stumpf |

Photo of the Day: Kim Jong Il and His Generals

Multimedia North Korean leader Kim Jong Il meets with Korean People's Army personel in September 1988. He died of an apparent heart attack on Saturday at 69. (AFP/Getty Images)
December 19th by Shreeya Sinha |

Lintner: North Korea's King is Dead, But the Military Still Rules

Policy Asia Society Associate Fellow Bertil Linter says it is "highly unlikely that Kim Jong Il’s death will usher in a new era in North Korea’s polity."
December 19th by Bertil Lintner |

Experts React: North Korea's Kim Jong Il Dead at 69

Policy Asia Society Associate Fellows Charles Armstrong and John Delury offer instant analysis on the death of Kim Jong Il and its implications for the region.
December 19th by Asia Society |

Kulma: Kim Jong Il's Death Adds to Regional Uncertainty

Policy Asia Society's Mike Kulma says Kim Jong Un is unlikely to consolidate his power quickly.
December 19th by Michael Kulma |

Desai: A 'New Chapter' For North Korea?

Policy Asia Society President Vishakha Desai wonders if the death of Kim Jong Il will bring about Myanmar-like reforms in North Korea.
December 19th by Vishakha N. Desai |