January 18, 2022

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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 wants women to bear children for the motherland. They aren’t.

North Korea wants women to bear children for the motherland. They aren’t.

The DPRK’s fertility rate is sliding down and its population aging despite the state’s pro-natalist policies

North Korea wants women to bear children for the motherland. They aren’t.
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov January 17, 2022
Don’t believe the hype: An end-of-war declaration won’t change a thing
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Don’t believe the hype: An end-of-war declaration won’t change a thing

Multiple inter-Korean agreements since the 1990s have promised breakthroughs but failed to deliver

Don’t believe the hype: An end-of-war declaration won’t change a thing
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov December 23, 2021
Enhanced border controls hurtle North Korea into a new information dark age
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Enhanced border controls hurtle North Korea into a new information dark age

The COVID crisis has helped authorities justify harsher measures that will likely persist even after the pandemic ends

Enhanced border controls hurtle North Korea into a new information dark age
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov December 16, 2021
In Biden’s Washington, North Korea barely moves the needle
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In Biden’s Washington, North Korea barely moves the needle

Strategic patience dominates the minds of the decision-makers, and this is not going to change any time soon

In Biden’s Washington, North Korea barely moves the needle
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov December 10, 2021
Yoon Seok-youl’s rise doesn’t bode well for inter-Korean relations
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Yoon Seok-youl’s rise doesn’t bode well for inter-Korean relations

Conservative candidate will likely take harder line on North Korea if elected, risking confrontation and freeze in ties

Yoon Seok-youl’s rise doesn’t bode well for inter-Korean relations
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov November 19, 2021
The secret to success in North Korea? Workers’ Party membership

The secret to success in North Korea? Workers’ Party membership

Joining the ruling WPK in North Korea is the surest, and in many cases only, path towards social mobility

The secret to success in North Korea? Workers’ Party membership
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov November 11, 2021
Why a papal visit to North Korea doesn’t have a prayer

Why a papal visit to North Korea doesn’t have a prayer

COVID-19 restrictions and Pyongyang’s disinterest stand in the way, but ROK ruling party hopes to gain regardless

Why a papal visit to North Korea doesn’t have a prayer
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov November 4, 2021
The stop and go success of a North Korean entrepreneur
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The stop and go success of a North Korean entrepreneur

Even relatively successful people struggle to provide enough for their families in the DPRK

The stop and go success of a North Korean entrepreneur
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov October 22, 2021
North Korea’s perfectly logical strategy of missile launches and dialogue
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North Korea’s perfectly logical strategy of missile launches and dialogue

The DPRK wants sanctions relief from the US and a Democratic South Korean president and is working to see both outcomes

North Korea’s perfectly logical strategy of missile launches and dialogue
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov October 14, 2021
Nuclear weapons tempt Seoul, but the obstacles to armament are insurmountable

Nuclear weapons tempt Seoul, but the obstacles to armament are insurmountable

Despite growing North Korean threat, ROK nuclear ambitions face US opposition and risk incurring economic sanctions

Nuclear weapons tempt Seoul, but the obstacles to armament are insurmountable
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov September 29, 2021
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