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Two Disappearances and a Funeral: Mark Tokola

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Where in the world is Kim Jong-un? The dictator of North Korea who appears so fond of being filmed and photographed has disappeared from sight – and there are rumors that he is possibly dead. Social media, in particular, has turned the event into a meme, adding cultural references such as Game of Thrones to frame imaginary scenarios on what might follow in the vacuum left by the late supreme leader.

But for those who have been watching North Korea for a while, this is not a new occurrence. Leaders of this most opaque state have disappeared in the past. Our guest today, KEI Vice President Mark Tokola – a veteran of the US foreign service and former Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. embassy in Seoul – remembers those incidents. And with history as an added guide, he provides a more sober analysis of the ongoing mystery around the whereabouts of Kim Jong-un.

You can find Mark Tokola’s article on this topic here:

In addition, please find the RSVP for our discussion with Col. David Maxwell on potential instability in North Korea:

May 1, 2020