December 01, 2022

About the author

Andrei Lankov

Andrei Lankov is a Director at NK News and writes exclusively for the site as one of the world's leading authorities on North Korea. A graduate of Leningrad State University, he attended Pyongyang's Kim Il Sung University from 1984-5 - an experience you can read about here. In addition to his writing, he is also a Professor at Kookmin University.

More articles by 'Andrei Lankov'

How North Korea presents the possibility of a future female leader
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How North Korea presents the possibility of a future female leader

Despite being a dictator, Kim Jong Un is something of a feminist — at least compared to his father and grandfather

How North Korea presents the possibility of a future female leader
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov November 23, 2022
Most North Koreans have tap water. But that doesn’t mean it’s always running.
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Most North Koreans have tap water. But that doesn’t mean it’s always running.

Citizens have devised ad hoc solutions to unreliable water supply over the years, with entrepreneurship playing key role

Most North Koreans have tap water. But that doesn’t mean it’s always running.
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov November 15, 2022
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
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