November 21, 2019

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'

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

How North Korea's devastating famine subverted the rigid "songbun" system

Many were able to use their foreign connections to start illegal, but profitable, cross-border businesses

Andrei Lankov October 27, 2019

Why, in talks with the U.S., North Korea can now afford to play hardball

With China back onside and Trump facing a domestic crisis, Pyongyang is in no great rush

Andrei Lankov October 8, 2019

Why, with John Bolton gone, U.S. diplomacy can move more freely — and recklessly

The hawkish advisor had long limited President Trump's more adventurous approach to North Korea

Andrei Lankov September 25, 2019

If diplomacy with North Korea fails, could South Korea go nuclear?

Contrary to some American claims, a regional arms build-up appears unlikely

Andrei Lankov September 23, 2019

In Japan, pessimism about the intractable Koreas now prevails

Observers and officials in Tokyo see little hope for reconciliation with either Seoul or Pyongyang

Andrei Lankov September 16, 2019

North Korean women and 'common law marriages' in China

The situation for these women is often dire, but various circumstances can lead to them staying

Andrei Lankov August 30, 2019

Why North Korea won't be playing nice with South Korea anytime soon

Pyongyang is firmly focused on winning sanctions relief — talks with Seoul are simply not a priority

Andrei Lankov August 18, 2019

Why North Korea's new round of missile testing is no cause for alarm

Pyongyang is acting out, but Kim Jong Un is unlikely to withdraw from diplomacy anytime soon

Andrei Lankov August 2, 2019
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