July 06, 2022

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'

How North Korea could control the South without ever conquering it
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How North Korea could control the South without ever conquering it

The much larger ROK is too unwieldy to absorb, but DPRK could still exact monetary tribute and exert political power

How North Korea could control the South without ever conquering it
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov July 4, 2022
How the private market brought pork to the table in North Korea
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How the private market brought pork to the table in North Korea

When state planning failed to deliver a steady supply of meat, Kim Il Sung handed the reins to private pig farmers

How the private market brought pork to the table in North Korea
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov June 23, 2022
The extraordinarily normal life of a North Korean woman from a rural town
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The extraordinarily normal life of a North Korean woman from a rural town

Move from countryside to career to housewife typifies apolitical path of majority that rarely questions DPRK society

The extraordinarily normal life of a North Korean woman from a rural town
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov June 3, 2022
Why North Korea’s COVID-19 outbreak won’t be a death sentence for Kim regime
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Why North Korea’s COVID-19 outbreak won’t be a death sentence for Kim regime

Malnutrition and poor healthcare may cause more deaths than statistics show, but mainly among elderly and poor

Why North Korea’s COVID-19 outbreak won’t be a death sentence for Kim regime
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov May 23, 2022
Why Pyongyang’s top elites still cling to visions of a post-money society
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Why Pyongyang’s top elites still cling to visions of a post-money society

Public distribution of food and consumer goods entrenches North Korea’s rigid caste system even further

Why Pyongyang’s top elites still cling to visions of a post-money society
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov May 6, 2022
How women run the small business world inside North Korea
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How women run the small business world inside North Korea

Capitalist markets inside the country have propelled many women to be the primary breadwinners of their families

How women run the small business world inside North Korea
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov April 29, 2022
Denuclearization should not be a prerequisite for engagement with North Korea
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Denuclearization should not be a prerequisite for engagement with North Korea

The incoming government in Seoul may see clearly how the DPRK operates, but stated policies are useless – even dangerous

Denuclearization should not be a prerequisite for engagement with North Korea
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov April 27, 2022
Why North Korea’s markets will survive state crackdowns on private commerce
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Why North Korea’s markets will survive state crackdowns on private commerce

Marketplaces have persisted in DPRK despite extreme suspicion from the state, which tolerates them as a necessary evil

Why North Korea’s markets will survive state crackdowns on private commerce
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov April 20, 2022
How North Korea tried and failed to boost consumption of the other white meat
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How North Korea tried and failed to boost consumption of the other white meat

The regime heralded a future of ‘silk clothes’ and ‘meat soup’ through mass pig farms, a vision that never came to pass

How North Korea tried and failed to boost consumption of the other white meat
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov April 12, 2022
The war in Ukraine changes everything — including the future of North Korea
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The war in Ukraine changes everything — including the future of North Korea

Russia's invasion is the latest event to increase chance Kim Jong Un regime survives and becomes more aggressive

The war in Ukraine changes everything — including the future of North Korea
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov April 4, 2022
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