October 24, 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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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

How North Korea will react to Trump's COVID-19 diagnosis — or even his death

Kim Jong Un already sent President Trump well wishes, but will the DPRK try to take advantage of U.S. vulnerability?

Andrei Lankov October 5, 2020

Why North Koreans ‘double defect’ to the DPRK after risking it all to run South

Many defectors believe that they can return to North Korea unnoticed and resume normal lives — and they might be right

Andrei Lankov September 23, 2020

North Korea may soon cut its iconic trolleybus — a historic symbol of the Kims

Moscow is discontinuing its trolleybus service, and Pyongyang could follow suit despite years of use

Andrei Lankov September 21, 2020

Why a North Korean collapse still wouldn’t bring down the country’s elite

Even if North Korea were to fall, its elite children would find their way into South Korea's middle or upper class

Andrei Lankov August 24, 2020

Kim Jong Un should be watching the Belarus uprising very closely

Belarusians are protesting against dictator Alexander Lukashenko, and it's unclear how Russia will intervene

Andrei Lankov August 20, 2020

Conspiracy or reality?: How Seoul possibly handled the blown-up liaison office

North Korea may have been appeased by quiet, backdoor deals made by South Korean officials, professor Andrei Lankov says

Andrei Lankov August 19, 2020

Why North Korea won't admit it started the Korean War, 67 years after armistice

It's the 67th anniversary of the Korean War armistice, but Pyongyang still claims it repelled an invasion from the South

Andrei Lankov July 26, 2020

Why North Korea gave its state newspaper a bizarre makeover on foreign news

The Rodong Sinmun's foreign news section has become much shorter and much more random in recent months

Andrei Lankov July 22, 2020

Brace yourselves: another season of summitry could be around the corner

Recent shifts in both South Korea and the U.S. suggest the political will for another high-level meeting with the North

Andrei Lankov July 13, 2020
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