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

North Korean leader Kim Jong Il waves from a car after the meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev at Sosnovy Bor Military Garrison, Zaigrayevsky District, Buryatia outside Ulan-Ude on August 24, 2011. (Dmitry Astakhov/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

The King is dead! Long live the King! The old European cry when a monarch died and a new one took over was meant to prevent any argument over succession and make sure the throne was never empty. And this could just as well apply to North Korea today. Kim Jong Il had already a year before he died anointed his successor, his youngest son Kim Jong Un.

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)
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.

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)
Policy

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)
Policy

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?

Afghanistan Untold: Multimedia by Augstin Pictures, MediaStorm and Asia Society

Pashtun girl in a village in eastern Afghanistan. (Lukas Augustin)
Multimedia

What do we really know about Afghanistan? Here are this year's multimedia pieces that have gone beyond images of war to tell the story of the Afghan people.

Photo of the Day: Bangladesh Fishing

Multimedia

Bangladeshi domestic workers net-fishing a private pond in the village of Choddogram, in the district of Comilla, Bangladesh in January 2000. (Shams Tarek)

Video: Artist Sarah Sze Crosses the 'Line' at Asia Society Museum

Arts

For Asia Society Museum, artist Sarah Sze has created sculptures and installations that incorporate everyday materials like cups and key chains. Watch this video for a guided tour. 

Photo of the Day: Indonesian Punks 'Rehabilitated'

Multimedia

On December 13, 2011, 65 youths, who were rounded up at a punk rock concert on Saturday, had their their spiky mohawks — deemed insulting to Islamic traditions — buzzed off. (Chaideer Mahyuddin /AFP/Getty Images)

Video: Mousavian and Pickering on Search for US-Iran 'Common Interests'

L to R: Suzanne DiMaggio, Hossein Mousavian and Thomas Pickering at Asia Society New York on Dec. 13, 2011.
Policy

Asia Society brought together Ambassador Hossein Mousavian, Iran's former lead nuclear negotiator, and Ambassador Thomas Pickering, former U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs, on Tuesday night for a discussion on the future of U.S.-Iran relations, covering a range of issues from Iran's nuclear program to prospects for bilateral engagement.

Interview: NPR's Louisa Lim on Her Encounter With China's 'Wolf Dad'

Xiao Baiyou, China's
Lifestyle

A 47-year-old father of four known as "Wolf Dad" is causing a stir in China for parenting practices that that make "Tiger Mom" Amy Chua [photo] look like Mary Poppins.