A Consolidation of Power

By Soo Kim

Soo Kim is a former CIA intelligence analyst and linguist, specializing in East Asia, propaganda, and leadership studies. She was recently a fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. 

Amidst the fanfare of North Korea’s 7th Workers’ Party Congress, Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un’ promotion to Party Chairman was one of the few substantive announcements to emerge. The Cipher Brief spoke to former CIA linguist and leadership analyst Soo Kim to learn more about the significance of his new appointment.

The Cipher Brief: So far, reports of the congress are light on policy details. What can we glean about future policy from the information we have?

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