July 27, 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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Despite signs of crisis in North Korean leadership, regime can weather the storm

Despite signs of crisis in North Korean leadership, regime can weather the storm

Kim Jong Un appears to be having serious health problems, but contingency measures ensure the elite can survive a crisis

Despite signs of crisis in North Korean leadership, regime can weather the storm
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov July 20, 2021
Where is North Korea heading? Major political rule changes may tell us
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Where is North Korea heading? Major political rule changes may tell us

No mention of Kims, coolness toward unification and revival of communism offer guideposts for next several years

Where is North Korea heading? Major political rule changes may tell us
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov June 24, 2021
North Korea’s ruling party rule revisions presage trouble at the top
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North Korea’s ruling party rule revisions presage trouble at the top

New first secretary position is likely preparation for death or long-term incapacitation of Kim Jong Un

North Korea’s ruling party rule revisions presage trouble at the top
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov June 16, 2021
Missiles, money and ginseng: A North Korean spy in the Cold War

Missiles, money and ginseng: A North Korean spy in the Cold War

A weapons factory worker in Kiev was one of Pyongyang’s great spy assets in the 1970s

Missiles, money and ginseng: A North Korean spy in the Cold War
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov June 3, 2021
Moonshot: Why Moon won’t stop lobbying for inter-Korean cooperation
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Moonshot: Why Moon won’t stop lobbying for inter-Korean cooperation

Joe Biden unlikely to be convinced by Moon to reduce sanctions pressure on North Korea at upcoming summit

Moonshot: Why Moon won’t stop lobbying for inter-Korean cooperation
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov May 19, 2021
Strategic patience with North Korea is likely here to stay
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Strategic patience with North Korea is likely here to stay

U.S. policymakers are not ready to see things as they really are on the Korean Peninsula

Strategic patience with North Korea is likely here to stay
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov May 18, 2021
How the North Korean dinner table transformed under Kim Jong Un

How the North Korean dinner table transformed under Kim Jong Un

Demand for meat in the country suggests an increasingly sophisticated food economy

How the North Korean dinner table transformed under Kim Jong Un
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov May 14, 2021
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
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