The Art of Dictatorship in North Korea
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Sep , 21, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

The Antlers, A Wyndham Property


In modern times, how can one man take control of a country and keep it in the family for going on 70 years? This is what Kim Il-sung, his son Kim Jong-il, and his grandson Kim Jong-un have done. The Kim family rules over a country that is not hidden away in the middle of Asia or Africa, but is face-to-face with South Korea, China, Russia, Japan, and the United States. The Kims have accomplished this feat by staying focused and playing on the weaknesses of their potential adversaries, at home and abroad.


Thursday, September 21, 2017

11:30 a.m. Luncheon

12:15 – 1:30 p.m. Program

Registration Deadline:

Sunday, September 17, 2017


Antlers Hotel, A Wyndham Property

4 S. Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs

 (underground parking validated)



Kongdan (Katy) Hassig Oh, Senior Asia Specialist, Institute for Defense Analyses



Dr. Kongdan (Katy) Oh is a Senior Asia Specialist at the Institute for Defense Analyses.  She was formerly a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and a member of the Political Science Department of the RAND Corporation. She has taught courses at a number of universities, including the University of California, San Diego.  She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Board of Directors of the United States Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific, and she is the co-founder and former co-director of The Korea Club of Washington, D.C.  She has authored, co-authored, and edited 8 books, published more than 30 research monographs, and numerous articles and book chapters.  Her most recent book is The Hidden People of North Korea:  Everyday Life in the Hermit Kingdom (2nd edition, April 2015).   She is currently working on her memoir.   She speaks Chinese, Japanese, and her native Korean.


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