Chairman Kim Jong-un Rides the Peace Train

| Kenneth Dekleva
Kenneth Dekleva
Former Regional Medical Officer/Psychiatrist, U.S. Embassy in Moscow

Chairman Kim Jong-un started off 2019 with a well-rehearsed New Year’s address, in which he utilized a less-formal and relaxed atmosphere – akin to FDR’s ‘Fireside Chats’ or Chinese President Xi Jinping’s New Year’s addresses – and wore a western-style business suit.  In his address, Kim spoke of his diplomatic successes during 2018, his emphasis upon economic development, peace and reunification in the Korean Peninsula, and his desire to further a new relationship with the U.S. as well as to safely denuclearize.

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The Author is Kenneth Dekleva

Dr. Kenneth Dekleva served as a Regional Medical Officer/Psychiatrist (including 5 years at the U.S. Embassy Moscow, Russian Federation) with the U.S. Dept. of State during 2002-2016, and is currently Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director, Psychiatry-Medicine Integration, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX.  He has previously published political psychology/leadership profiles of Radovan Karadzic, Slobodan Milosevic, and Kim Jong il.  The views expressed in this paper are... Read More

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