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Economy Seen as Key to Kim Jong Un’s Long-term Rule

This week North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un capped years of political maneuvers, purges and executions by assuming the post of party chairman, declaring it the start of the "Kim Jong Un era." The event was widely seen as cementing his leadership role, but analysts in Washington and Seoul say that revitalizing the North's ailing economy appears to be the key to maintaining his long-term rule. Ken Gause, Director of the International Affairs Group at the Center for Naval...

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