With last year's Arab Spring inspiring uprisings across North Africa, the Middle East and most recently Russia, many hope the North Korean people will take Kim Jong Il's death as an opportunity to demand a change in the communist system.
But Mike Chinoy believes a North Korean version of an "Arab Spring" is highly unlikely.
"The notion that somehow North Korea is going to have its version of an Arab Spring I think is very, very far-fetched. For one thing, the apparatus of control by the state is overwhelming and there's very little mobility, there's very little internal communication," said Chinoy.
"People go to jail at the slightest hint of dissent. And within the capital city of Pyongyang, which is the politically most important place, there have been some signs of incremental economic improvement. So I don't think you're going to see any protests there. And hungry people are worried about where their next meal is coming from. They're not really in a position to go out in the streets and protest," Chinoy added.