North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was far more extensively groomed to succeed his father than many outside observers thought, and his style of leadership — actively involving various organs of the Party in a deliberately collective approach to ruling — has led to a consolidation of power far faster than expected. Following the purge and execution of his uncle, Jang Song Thaek, speculation is rife on what this means for the future of the country.
Kim Jong Un was better prepared for the succession than many realized and he secured his grip on power faster than anyone imagined possible. By Seong-chang Cheong
How Jang’s execution illustrates Kim’s success in consolidating the “monolithic leadership” of the ruling party centered on the young ruler. By Chang-hyun Jung
The peculiarities of the North Korean system account for many policy swings in a country whose decision-making processes are both unique and opaque. By Yeon-chul Kim
Jang Song Thaek's execution eliminated a key channel of information and influence between China and North Korea. How is Beijing reacting? By Dong Wook Won
Kim Jong Un has put economic development on a par with the country's pursuit of nuclear weapons. Can Pyongyang can actually afford to pursue both simultaneously? By Rüdiger Frank
Economic reform and opening have moved to center stage in North Korea, and Kim Jong Un appears committed to bringing the country out of the dark ages. By Glyn Ford
There are plenty of reasons why the prospects for successful negotiations are greater with Iran than with North Korea. Maybe North Korea could learn from this. By Walter C. Clemens, Jr.
There are signs that North Korea may be looking for a way out of the current impasse in efforts by the international community to thwart its nuclear ambitions. By Tae-ho Kang
The months-long anti-government protests in Bangkok are part of a long running dispute over how the country should be governed, and by whom. Is the country's democracy at risk? By Pasuk Phongpaichit and Chris Baker
The long-ruling Cambodian People's Party has failed to recognize and respond to changing demands of young voters regarding what they want from government and how it governs. By Phoak Kung
The US shale gas boom is another potential source of India-US co-operation as energy-hungry India looks to the US to help develop its own natural gas sector. By Manish Vaid and Tridivesh Singh Maini
China's new leaders are now evoking the ancient Silk Roads to describe the country's strategic engagement with Central Asia and Southeast Asia. By Xie Tao
A heartfelt letter written by Ayumi, an 18-year-old girl from Fukushima, to the Gwangju Jeonnam Action Campaign for a Nuclear-Free World, a South Korean anti-nuclear activist group, on the third anniversary of the Fukushima meltdown.
Logistical problems continue to plague recovery efforts at the nuclear plant. The Japanese government must take a stronger hand in providing leadership and resources. By Kay Kitazawa
Despite the terrifying specter that hung over Japan and the world at the time of the Fukushima disaster, pro-nuclear forces in Japan today remain determined to forge ahead. By Mel Gurtov
Reviews of new books by Gregory J. Moore, David Pilling, Elizabeth C. Economy and Michael Levi, Geoff A. Dyer, Joel Kurtzman, Jean DrÃ¨ze and Amartya Sen, Viktor Mayer-ShÃ¶nenberger and Kenneth Cukier, William Nordhaus, Giorgio Riello and Prasannan Partha
The Two Koreas: A Contemporary History by Don Oberdorfer, updated by Bob Carlin. Reviewed by Hyung-gu Lynn