Weekly Geopolitical Report – The Assassination of Kim Jong Nam (March 6, 2017)

by Bill O’Grady

On February 13th, Kim Jong Nam, the older half-brother of Kim Jong Un, the leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), was assassinated at an airport in Malaysia.  This event offers insights into the “Hermit Kingdom” and shows the audacious nature of the regime.

In this report, we begin with a biography of King Jong Nam.  Next, we will recap the assassination.  The following section will discuss the context of the murder, including China’s difficult relations with North Korea and potential rationale behind the assassination.  As always, we will conclude with potential market ramifications.

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