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

The flag of the Democratic Republic of Korea (DPRK) flies at half-mast in front of the embassy in Berlin December 19, 2011, following the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il.  (John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images)
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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.

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

A South Korean activist paints on a caricature of Kim Jong Un, the youngest son and heir-apparent of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, during a rally denouncing the communist country's third-generation dynastic succession in Seoul on October 14, 2010. (Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images)
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The news out of North Korea that leader Kim Jong Il has died, while surprising, is not completely unexpected. Faced with serious health concerns over the last few years, the North Korean leader began to put in place a plan for his son to take over the reins of power.

Desai: A 'New Chapter' For North Korea?

South Korean protesters participate in a rally celebrating news of the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il on December 19, 2011 in Seoul, South Korea. (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
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Will Kim Jong Il's passing open up a new era of reform as we have seen recently in Myanmar? Or will there be further restrictions on its people?

South Korea Wins Winter Olympics — Should North Korea Co-Host?

A man walks along a row of banners with the logo of South Korea's mountain resort of Pyeongchang, 180 kms east of Seoul, on July 7, 2011 after the mountain resort was picked to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. (Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images)
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Amidst the jubilation surrounding South Korea's victory over Germany and France to host the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, an uncomfortable proposition was made: Should North Korea be allowed to co-host?

On Monday, just five days after the first cheers in Pyeongchang, opposition Democratic Party chairman Sohn Hak-kyu proposed the idea at a meeting with other government officials.

Video: War Between North and South Korea Unlikely

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Jamie Metzl discusses the unlikely war between North and South Korea during an appearance on CNN.

Charles Armstrong on China and the 'Spoiled Child'

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A key revelation to emerge from last week's WikiLeaks dump of US diplomatic cables is that China's attitude towards North Korea is far more nuanced and unpredictable than its official stance suggests.

Military-first, or Just Desperate? What's Motivating North Korea

Brian R. Myers (L) and John Delury (R) in Seoul on Nov. 25, 2010.
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DPRK-watchers John Delury and B.R. Myers debate the fallout from last week's attack.

Photo of the Day: Women and Children First, and Then...

South Korean police check a puppy sitting in an animal lover's bag before departing Yeonpyeong Island on November 29, 2010, where animals were abandoned when residents were evacuated last week following North Korea's deadly bombardment.
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South Korean police check a puppy sitting in an animal lover's bag before departing Yeonpyeong Island on November 29, 2010, where animals were abandoned when residents were evacuated last week following North Korea's deadly bombardment.

Photo of the Day: A Bridge to Nowhere

Originally bombed by the US in 1950, the bridge was eventually dismantled by North Korea from its side shortly after the Korean War armistice.
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Originally bombed by the US in 1950, the bridge was eventually dismantled by North Korea from its side shortly after the Korean War armistice.

Why Did North Korea Do It?

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