April 19, 2021

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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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North Korea isn’t happy about South Korea’s conservative resurgence
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North Korea isn’t happy about South Korea’s conservative resurgence

Kim Jong Un would much rather work with the current liberal, pro-engagement Blue House than the rising alternative

North Korea isn’t happy about South Korea’s conservative resurgence
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov April 15, 2021
Kim Jong Un must beware the tried, tested and failed ways of North Korea’s past
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Kim Jong Un must beware the tried, tested and failed ways of North Korea’s past

The North Korean leader, who may go back to the Kim Il Sung-era farming system, appears not to have learned from history

Kim Jong Un must beware the tried, tested and failed ways of North Korea’s past
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov April 9, 2021
The world may lose its chance to bombard North Korea with information warfare
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The world may lose its chance to bombard North Korea with information warfare

North Korea’s borders are not as porous to outside media as they used to be, and crackdowns appear to be underway

The world may lose its chance to bombard North Korea with information warfare
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov April 8, 2021
How North Korea will take advantage of the new US-China Cold War

How North Korea will take advantage of the new US-China Cold War

China needs North Korea to act as a buffer against the U.S.-allied South Korea more than ever

How North Korea will take advantage of the new US-China Cold War
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov April 6, 2021
Here we go again: Kim Jong Un is pinning false hope on tech to fix his economy

Here we go again: Kim Jong Un is pinning false hope on tech to fix his economy

From Mao to Stalin, communist leaders have pushed bad science in hope of achieving their socialist utopias

Here we go again: Kim Jong Un is pinning false hope on tech to fix his economy
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov March 12, 2021
Kim Jong Un won’t change until he has the power to nuke any American city

Kim Jong Un won’t change until he has the power to nuke any American city

Contrary to what diplomats say, denuclearizing North Korea remains impossible

Kim Jong Un won’t change until he has the power to nuke any American city
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov February 22, 2021
North Koreans survive on private business — and Kim will fail to stop them

North Koreans survive on private business — and Kim will fail to stop them

North Koreans also resisted former DPRK leader Kim Jong Il’s attempts to clamp down on the country’s private economy

North Koreans survive on private business — and Kim will fail to stop them
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov February 15, 2021
Another Myanmar? Why there won’t be a military coup in North Korea any time soon
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Another Myanmar? Why there won’t be a military coup in North Korea any time soon

The North Korean military knows they must hang together with the Kim regime, or be hanged separately

Another Myanmar? Why there won’t be a military coup in North Korea any time soon
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov February 3, 2021
Kim recently took his father’s title, but that’s only going to weaken his rule
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Kim recently took his father’s title, but that’s only going to weaken his rule

Trashing Kim Jong Il's legacy will only serve to undermine the very bloodline Kim Jong Un draws his legitimacy from

Kim recently took his father’s title, but that’s only going to weaken his rule
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov February 2, 2021
North Korea’s not going to change — no nuke deal, no regime change, no reform

North Korea’s not going to change — no nuke deal, no regime change, no reform

Pyongyang knows that nukes and unquestioning leadership unity are both crucial to its survival

North Korea’s not going to change — no nuke deal, no regime change, no reform
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov January 29, 2021
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