August 13, 2020

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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'

Why North Korea won't admit it started the Korean War, 67 years after armistice

It's the 67th anniversary of the Korean War armistice, but Pyongyang still claims it repelled an invasion from the South

Andrei Lankov July 26, 2020

Why North Korea gave its state newspaper a bizarre makeover on foreign news

The Rodong Sinmun's foreign news section has become much shorter and much more random in recent months

Andrei Lankov July 22, 2020

Brace yourselves: another season of summitry could be around the corner

Recent shifts in both South Korea and the U.S. suggest the political will for another high-level meeting with the North

Andrei Lankov July 13, 2020

Why the Singapore summit was an opportunity that may not present itself again

As John Bolton's memoirs reaffirm, President Trump came to the summit empty-handed only to engage in political theater

Andrei Lankov June 29, 2020

Why North Korea's recent escalation of tensions was a long time coming

Pyongyang has long resented Seoul's failure to live up to its grandiose promises

Andrei Lankov June 17, 2020

Show me the money: Pyongyang's reluctance to accept Seoul's olive branch

The North scoffs at mere symbolic exchange, but the South risks angering the U.S. by pursuing anything more substantial

Andrei Lankov June 1, 2020

No, you’re the puppet: why North Korea isn’t a Chinese satellite

The ruling Kim family has kept their Beijing benefactors close, but far enough as not to invite unwanted interference

Andrei Lankov | Peter Ward May 14, 2020

Why Kim Jong Un likely won't be naming a successor anytime soon

Despite his manifest health issues, the North Korean leader likely knows that doing so could provoke a power struggle

Andrei Lankov | Peter Ward May 10, 2020

Why reports of Kim Jong Un's untimely death turned out to be greatly exaggerated

Something may have happened to the North Korean leader, but the media has failed to learn from past mistakes

Andrei Lankov May 2, 2020

Why North Korea's leadership has little to fear from an outbreak of COVID-19

The coronavirus epidemic, even if it gets out of control, would not constitute a major threat to the regime stability

Andrei Lankov April 9, 2020
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