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Christian Whiton, CNN: Kim Jong Un: Effective tyrant or panicking?

(CNN)Late last month, North Korea's dictator, Kim Jong Un, reportedly ordered his defense minister killed for disloyalty.

In an unsubtle lesson, hundreds of people were required to watch as Hyon Yong-Chol was apparently obliterated by an anti-aircraft gun. Being a top official in North Korea, it seems, has become increasingly dangerous.

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- May 14, 2015

Don't Believe the North Korea Horror Stories -- Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg

Brutal Killing Of N. Korea Military Chief Reflects Kim Jong-Un's Insecurity, High-Level Discontent -- Donald Kirk, Forbes

Tehran keeps careful eye on Yemen -- Gareth Smyth, The Guardian

A nuclear Saudi Arabia in the making -- Joseph A. Kechichian, Gulf News

What's behind Saudi Arabia's new muscularity -- Taylor Luck, CSM

Is Saudi Arabia Drowning Rivals in Oversupply? -- Chris Dieterich, Barrons

Benjamin Netanyahu's Surprising Staying Power -- Aaron David Miller, National Interest

For Asia's giants, trade trumps border dispute as leaders meet in China -- Peter Ford, CSM

Man Who Brought Down Barings Warns on China -- William Pesek, Bloomberg

Macedonian Conflict: The Pot of Arab Spring Boils Over the Balkans? -- Sputnik

The Putin Principle: How It Came to Rule Russia -- Karen Dawisha, World Affairs

How Russia's opposition united to finish Nemtsov's report on Ukraine -- Tom Balmforth for RFE/RL/The Guardian

Are the U.S. and UK still BFFs? It doesn’t really matter. -- Michael O'Hanlon, Reuters

Yes, The U.S. Congress Has a Role in Foreign Affairs -- Kevin Kosar, RealClearWorld

Ethan Hawke Hearts Drone Strikes: ‘Obviously a Huge Step Forward’ -- Shane Harris, Daily Beast

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