I’m hearing rumors that Kim Jong Il, the despotic ruler of North Korea, is dead.
Update: AP calls it.
Having assumed the reigns of power in North Korea from his father, he has in recent years attempted to position his own son as his successor. Whether those steps will be successful remains to be seen. There are significant factions of the North Korean leadership who may decide that the time has come for a new direction. That doesn’t mean they have any intention of making the nation a liberal democracy. Just that they want their chance at being in charge.
It will be interesting to see what happens. Given the current administration’s maladroitness in foreign policy, I’m not optimistic about how well they’ll handle this challenge.