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Political Personality and Foreign Policy Behavior: A Case Study of Kim Jong-Il and North Korea’s Negotiating Behavior Regarding the Nuclear Issue
Södertörn University College, School of Social Sciences.
2006 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Magister), 20 points / 30 hpStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this paper is to analyze the North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il’s personality and its influence on North Korea’s negotiating behavior regarding the nuclear issue. Through the theory of social identity shaping and personality disorder, this study has generated a hypothesis by the operationalization of the theoretical framework. By using these analytical methods the following conclusions have been drawn:

Kim Jong-Il had experienced a sense of loss and damaged self-esteem in his childhood. He had tried to compensate for these feelings through the film industry (which served as an ideological tool) in order to regain his father’s affection, and he succeeded in becoming recognized for his political ability. However, he overcompensated for these feelings of low self-esteem by removing his potential political enemies. The experiences made him acquire an idiosyncratic character and personality disorder. This study has found that North Korea’s nuclear negotiations with the United States since 1993 have reflected Kim Jong-Il’s personality.

The model of the study can be used as a basis for further academic studies in the practical exploration of the correlations between a country’s foreign policy and its leader’s personality.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Huddinge: Institutionen för statsvetenskap, nationalekonomi och juridik , 2006. , 86 p.
Keyword [en]
Kim Jong-Il, sense of loss, power seeking, personality, nuclear weapons program, negotiating behavior
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-737OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-737DiVA: diva2:16460
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