February 18, 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.

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In Washington DC, top policymakers have lost interest in North Korea

Trump and his allies appear increasingly willing to let the status quo prevail — at least for now

Andrei Lankov February 6, 2020

Why sanctions won't turn North Koreans against Kim Jong Un any time soon

The country’s elite have too much to lose, and the common people are too repressed, for an uprising to be feasible

Andrei Lankov January 9, 2020

What the U.S. killing of Iran's top general means for North Korea

The death of Qassem Soleimani has likely shocked many in Pyongyang — and highlighted Trump's dangerous unpredictability

Andrei Lankov January 5, 2020

An honest new year statement from North Korea: denuclearization isn't happening

Pyongyang wants to negotiate arms control and non-proliferation, but not the full surrender of their nuclear weapons

Andrei Lankov January 1, 2020

Best of frenemies: Soviet perceptions of North Korea in the 1970s

Pyongyang showed little gratitude for Soviet assistance, yet Moscow couldn't afford to abandon the relationship

Andrei Lankov December 31, 2019

The left is right: why South Korea should continue its policy of engagement

Progressives may be naïve about North Korea, but conservative policies will likely only lead to increasing tensions

Andrei Lankov December 10, 2019

Brace yourselves: why North Korea is ready to turn up the tensions in 2020

With little progress in diplomacy, expect Pyongyang to return to a familiar playbook

Andrei Lankov December 4, 2019

Why, when North Korea misbehaves, the South can't help but turn the other cheek

The current administration is wedded to a good-will policy — and Pyongyang is happy to exploit it

Andrei Lankov November 25, 2019

Bow to the leader: a history of North Korea's iconic and ubiquitous Kim statues

Statues began being erected in the late 1960s, and continue to be sites of mandatory pilgrimage to this day

Andrei Lankov November 11, 2019

Why it's time to drop unrealistic hopes for North Korean denuclearization

The unshakable commitment to an unachievable goal is stymying any chance of actually curbing the threat from Pyongyang

Andrei Lankov November 4, 2019
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