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July 24, 2024

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Outside information can change North Korea. But it won’t start a revolution.
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Outside information can change North Korea. But it won’t start a revolution.

Heightened surveillance and border controls mean it's time to alter our approach to info warfare — and our expectations

Outside information can change North Korea. But it won’t start a revolution.
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov November 8, 2022
Why North Korean state media delicately dances around taboo topics
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Why North Korean state media delicately dances around taboo topics

Marketplaces, central supply networks and even census data are all off-limits, sometimes for reasons entirely unclear

Why North Korean state media delicately dances around taboo topics
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov October 18, 2022
With missile over Japan, North Korea reminds US that it’s not going anywhere
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With missile over Japan, North Korea reminds US that it’s not going anywhere

Pyongyang wants sanctions relief and will continue to ramp up pressure through tests until Washington relents

With missile over Japan, North Korea reminds US that it’s not going anywhere
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov October 10, 2022
Interest in North Korea remains at a record low in Biden’s Washington
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Interest in North Korea remains at a record low in Biden’s Washington

Beltway insiders see nuclear negotiations with DPRK as a no-win situation

Interest in North Korea remains at a record low in Biden’s Washington
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov October 6, 2022
North Korea’s new nuclear law makes the world a more dangerous place
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North Korea’s new nuclear law makes the world a more dangerous place

US will find it harder to sell arms control to the public after DPRK says it will never give up its nukes

North Korea’s new nuclear law makes the world a more dangerous place
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov September 23, 2022
Yoon says South Korea won’t go nuclear, but the WMD debate isn’t going anywhere
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Yoon says South Korea won’t go nuclear, but the WMD debate isn’t going anywhere

Evolving North Korean threats are pushing Seoul to cross nuclear threshold, though this would invite punitive responses

Yoon says South Korea won’t go nuclear, but the WMD debate isn’t going anywhere
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov September 8, 2022
Lifting ban on North Korean media can only help the South Korean government
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Lifting ban on North Korean media can only help the South Korean government

No other group inflicts as much damage on the DPRK's image as its own propagandists

Lifting ban on North Korean media can only help the South Korean government
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov September 1, 2022
How North Korea’s bizarre propaganda could outlive the Kim dynasty
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How North Korea’s bizarre propaganda could outlive the Kim dynasty

Example of post-Soviet states suggests DPRK’s mythology may not disappear even after unification or regime collapse

How North Korea’s bizarre propaganda could outlive the Kim dynasty
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov August 23, 2022
How North Korea’s warped history puts Pyongyang at the center of everything
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How North Korea’s warped history puts Pyongyang at the center of everything

Children in DPRK learn that treasonous southerners collaborating with a foreign power led to division a millennia ago

How North Korea’s warped history puts Pyongyang at the center of everything
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov August 1, 2022
At Panmunjom, North Korea looks more paranoid and isolated than ever before
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At Panmunjom, North Korea looks more paranoid and isolated than ever before

Relics of inter-Korean rapprochement at Joint Security Area also provide stark reminder of failure of peace efforts

At Panmunjom, North Korea looks more paranoid and isolated than ever before
Chad O'Carroll
Chad O'Carroll July 27, 2022
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