January 20, 2021

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'

It’s not about nukes. The real news is North Korea’s dangerous economic reforms.

North Korea pursued economic reform for the last 10 years, but decisions at the Party Congress will undo that progress

Andrei Lankov January 15, 2021
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Kim Jong Un’s nixed New Years speech shows just how stressed he really is

After an isolated year mired by economic hardship, the North Korean leader couldn’t be bothered with ceremonious remarks

Andrei Lankov January 1, 2021
COLUMN

A North Korean textbook shows that Pyongyang and Beijing are still ‘frenemies’

By all indications, Pyongyang and Beijing really cozied up in 2020. But a recent history book suggests otherwise.

Andrei Lankov December 17, 2020
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For once, we begin to agree: Korea is not divided. It’s two separate states.

Recently, a South Korean newspaper on the left and right both published op-eds arguing the same thing

Andrei Lankov December 16, 2020

North and South Korea will never, ever reconcile. We should adjust expectations.

The actual goal is to establish, within the Korean Peninsula, a sensible and mild variety of the Cold War regime. 

Andrei Lankov December 4, 2020
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Kim Jong Un’s money manipulation is bad news — and there’s likely more to come

The North Korean government is rolling back old decisions at the detriment of the economy

Andrei Lankov November 26, 2020

Russia-North Korea relations hit a high point and then fell into a deadlock

Russian companies won't significantly invest because North Korea can't give them what they don't already have

Andrei Lankov November 12, 2020

Why part of me will miss Trump’s ignorant and eccentric approach to North Korea

Trump's North Korea deal was unrealistic, but at least it had a chance. Biden's North Korea policy will play it safe.

Andrei Lankov November 10, 2020

North Korean fishermen lead dangerous lives as the ‘avant-garde of capitalism’

A North Korean defector recalls the good old days of profiting off unregulated waters as he casts his line in the South

Andrei Lankov November 5, 2020

Growing US-China tensions could keep North and South Korea apart forever

"Cold War II" battle lines have been drawn, and China isn't about to cede North Korea to the U.S.

Andrei Lankov October 16, 2020
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