April 09, 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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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

Building a "small deal": how North Korea sanctions relief might work

The DPRK's private sector-dominated industries must be the first to see restrictions lifted

Andrei Lankov July 28, 2019

The stage is set: North Korea and the U.S. appear finally willing to make a deal

A nuclear freeze agreement, while far from perfect, would represent welcome progress

Andrei Lankov July 14, 2019

Why sustained sanctions won't succeed in forcing Kim Jong Un into a corner

Long-term, pressure from outside will empower hardliners and weaken support for reform

Andrei Lankov July 10, 2019

Why, despite its superficiality, Sunday's Panmunjom meeting is cause for optimism

An impromptu summit suggests the two sides increasingly need a deal — and are willing to compromise

Andrei Lankov July 1, 2019

The master mediator: why Moon Jae-in deserves much more credit than he gets

The S. Korean President skillfully avoided war, though breaking the current impasse will not be easy

Andrei Lankov June 25, 2019

Friends reunited: why the Kim-Xi summit was masterful political theater

While concrete outcomes were limited, the two countries have sent a clear message to President Trump

Andrei Lankov June 23, 2019
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