How Kim Jong Un Became 'The Great Successor'

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un attends a photo session with participants of the fourth conference of active secretaries of primary organisations of the youth league of the Korean People's Army (KPA) in Pyongyang.  (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

After the death of Kim Jong Il, many experts thought the reign of his untried and inexperienced son would be short-lived. Washington Post Beijing bureau chief Anna Fifield says that almost eight years into Kim Jong Un's tenure as North Korea's "Supreme Leader," it is clear that he knows how to maintain power. Fifield's new book, "The Great Successor," details Kim's rise from a mediocre grade school student in Switzerland to a calculating dictator adept at removing rivals. Fifield joins Forum to talk about the book, and how life is changing for North Koreans.


Anna Fifield, Beijing bureau chief, The Washington Post; author, "The Great Successor: The Divinely Perfect Destiny of Brilliant Comrade Kim Jong Un"