It has been a tumultuous year in regards to geopolitics sociopolitics with several rather infamous world figures having died over the past year. First, Osama Bin Laden, then, Muammar Gaddafi, and now Kim Jong-Il.
Twitter, the blogoshpere , Facebook, and the news networks are all buzzing non-stop over North Korean Leader, Kim Jong-Il’s death.
He “died of ‘great mental and physical strain’ while in a train during a ‘field guidance tour,’ North Korea’s state-run KCNA news agency reported.” [http://preview.tinyurl.com/74gjguc])
The 3 clusters of questions that run to the forefront of my mind are:
How is this going to affect the Korean Peninsula and what does it mean for geopolitics there? ..
What does this mean for America? Just as important, what does this mean for geopolitics for the whole East Asia and Southeast Asia?
Will the situation of the global economy improve or get worse? How are the dollar and the yen going to be impacted by this?
UPDATE: 12/19/2011 00:35 EST
Below is a link (provided by The Globe and Mailout of Toronto, taken from Reuters, Published Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011 11:21PM EST; Last updated Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011 11:37PM EST) to some analyst’s views on the effects of this news. Some of the questions I asked are answered pretty succinctly.
Essentially, people are falling on both sides of the line on whether this event is positive or negative.
UPDATE: 12/19/2011 00:49EST
I guess we will see how this begins to play out. We are living in very interesting times, indeed. I can only hope that some celebrity gossip won’t overshadow something as important and complex as the current geopolitics.
- BREAKING NEWS: North Korean leader Kim Jong Il dies at 69 (dailymail.co.uk)
- Report: North Korea’s Kim Jong Il has died (philly.com)
- N Korean leader Kim Jong-il dies – BBC News (bbc.co.uk)
- North Korean Leader Kim Jong II Dies (myfoxny.com)