This commentary from Singapore's respected Rajaratnam Univerity's School of International Studies looks into the situation of Egypt one year after the "Facebook Revolution" or "Arab Spring." Can there be freedom in North Korea?
One needs to compare in this period the 21st Century with anti-democratic China still strong enough and a growing military and political/econ presence throughout region to assert blocking influence and the West's weak economy and US hobbled by ten years of wasteful wars, to the East Europe "Velvet Revolution" and "German Reunification." Eastern Europe and Germany changed in 1988-90 due to collapse of Soviet Union after their ten years of wasteful war in Afghanistan and failed suppression in East Europe, and a growing strong US and Britain under focused strong leaders. And West Germany did not see the East German as simply cheap laborers to work in their corporations' industrial parks to be built in the East. Today, could North Korea and other Asian dictatorship countries truly have a revolutionary "People Power" change like in the late '80s?
To understand is happening politically and socially in Middle East Arab countries, especially Egypt, has much merit in understanding the dynamics of today's world.
From article: Revolutionaries in other Middle Eastern and North African societies in transition may well conclude from the Egyptian experience that it is a fatal mistake to simply topple an autocratic leader and not to push for the ultimate uprooting of a failed system.
In other words, the Facebook revolutionaries didn't have a political/social/economic development plan. Can such a plan be developed for North Korea even today that embodies the UN Millienium Development goals for human security? as well as pragmatic economic development at the grassroots and national levels?