The Death of Kim Jong Il

North Korean leader Kim Jong Il meets with Korean People's Army personnel in September 1988

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.