Almost a Trend?

by Nathan Hamm on 11/16/2004 · 2 comments

Kim Jong-Il portraits are disappearing from Pyongyang. Let’s not get carried away and think he’s got a fatal illness or anything. He’s probably taking a cue from one of his adoring imitators. You know, he’s probably finally gotten a little embarassed about all the portraits and statues that “the people” have “demanded” be erected as expressions of their “love” for his “enlightened governance.”

Perhaps he’ll soon pen a glorious spiritual work and I’ll have to start calling him “The Turkmenbashi of NE Asia.” Or maybe “Nuclear Turkmenbashi.” That’s kind of cooler.

See also: The Marmot’s Hole


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Nathan is the founder and Principal Analyst for Registan, which he launched in 2003. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan 2000-2001 and received his MA in Central Asian Studies from the University of Washington in 2007. Since 2007, he has worked full-time as an analyst, consulting with private and government clients on Central Asian affairs, specializing in how socio-cultural and political factors shape risks and opportunities and how organizations can adjust their strategic and operational plans to account for these variables. More information on Registan's services can be found here, and Nathan can be contacted via Twitter or email.

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