Undistinguished dictator: 1 of 2: "North Korea and Regional Security in the Kim Jong-un Era: A New International Security Dilemma" (Palgrave Pivot) by Bruce E. Bechtol Jr.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (C) visits the Thrice Three-Revolution Red Flag Kamnamu (persimmon tree) Company under the Korean People's Army Unit 4302 in this undated picture released by the North's official KCNA news agency in Pyongyang on August 24, 2012. KCNA did not state precisely when the picture was taken. Kim is seeking an ice-breaking trip to key ally Beijing next month to meet China's outgoing and new leaders, a source with ties to Pyongyang and Beijing told Reuters on Friday. REUTERS/KCNA (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY) THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. NOT FOR USE BY REUTERS THIRD PARTY DISTRIBUTORS )

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Undistinguished dictator: 1 of 2: "North Korea and Regional Security in the Kim Jong-un Era: A New International Security Dilemma" (Palgrave Pivot) by Bruce E. Bechtol Jr.

This study is one of the very first to analyze North Korea and the challenges that it presents to international security and community, by looking through the prism of the first two years of the Kim Jong-un regime. Bruce E. Bechtol Jr. is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Angelo State University, USA and a retired U.S. Marine. He is currently the President of the International Council on Korean Studies, and is the author or editor of five previous books and numerous articles.