The World Affairs Council of Houston presents Kim Jong Un’s North Korea: Paranoia and Turmoil Within the Secretive Regime.
Bruce Bechtol (pictured)
Angelo State University
Through a surprisingly aggressive display of power, young Kim Jong Un has replaced about one third of his army’s generals in the last two years and alienated significant segments of older party functionaries. As a result, the regime has become more internally fractured than ever before, with rapidly shifting alliances. What is behind this recent round of purges? What does it indicate about Kim Jong Un, the evolving power structure in North Korea, and the stability of the regime?
Bruce E. Bechtol, Jr., is a retired Marine and associate professor of political science at Angelo State University. He previously served as an intelligence officer at the Defense Intelligence Agency and as the senior analyst for Northeast Asia in the Intelligence Directorate on the Joint Staff in the Pentagon.
Dr. Bechtol taught at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College and the Air Command and Staff College and was an adjunct visiting professor at the Korea University Graduate School of International Studies. He serves on the board of directors of the Council on U.S.-Korean Security Studies and is frequent commentator on Korean security issues.
2014/05/08 - 2014/05/08
Additional time info:
Registration: 6:00 p.m.
Program: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.