February 08, 2023

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'

In the North Korean economy, the almighty US dollar still reigns supreme
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In the North Korean economy, the almighty US dollar still reigns supreme

Repeated currency reforms have eroded trust in the DPRK won, making foreign money essential for many transactions

In the North Korean economy, the almighty US dollar still reigns supreme
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov February 7, 2023
Why North Korea mistrusts but depends on its foreign-educated elite
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Why North Korea mistrusts but depends on its foreign-educated elite

Pyongyang regards most who study abroad as Manchurian candidates that are fundamentally disloyal to the Kims

Why North Korea mistrusts but depends on its foreign-educated elite
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov January 30, 2023
How the ROK’s education obsession puts North Korean defectors at a disadvantage
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How the ROK’s education obsession puts North Korean defectors at a disadvantage

DPRK schooling standards lag far behind South Korea, and money can be a major obstacle to academic success

How the ROK’s education obsession puts North Korean defectors at a disadvantage
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov January 20, 2023
In a conflict with North Korea, the South has much more to lose
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In a conflict with North Korea, the South has much more to lose

The DPRK cares little about dead soldiers, but there will be nationwide outrage in ROK if tensions turn to skirmishes

In a conflict with North Korea, the South has much more to lose
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov January 12, 2023
North Korea’s economic reforms were a wild success. Just ask defectors.
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North Korea’s economic reforms were a wild success. Just ask defectors.

Regime’s aborted experiment with marketization increased food consumption, counter to pessimistic economic assessments

North Korea’s economic reforms were a wild success. Just ask defectors.
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov January 4, 2023
Remembering the Chinese samaritans who helped North Korean defectors in need
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Remembering the Chinese samaritans who helped North Korean defectors in need

Some locals in China have gone out of their way to feed, shelter and protect DPRK refugees fleeing their homeland

Remembering the Chinese samaritans who helped North Korean defectors in need
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov December 26, 2022
Why North Korean history fixates on wars, invasions and peasant rebellions
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Why North Korean history fixates on wars, invasions and peasant rebellions

Textbooks depict Joseon-era Korea as a feudal society in need of revolution that nonetheless repelled foreign invaders

Why North Korean history fixates on wars, invasions and peasant rebellions
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov December 16, 2022
Why North Koreans aren’t protesting against COVID lockdowns like the Chinese are
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Why North Koreans aren’t protesting against COVID lockdowns like the Chinese are

DPRK gives no space for disobedience, and even thinking the wrong thing may land entire families in concentration camps

Why North Koreans aren’t protesting against COVID lockdowns like the Chinese are
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov December 5, 2022
How North Korea presents the possibility of a future female leader
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How North Korea presents the possibility of a future female leader

Despite being a dictator, Kim Jong Un is something of a feminist — at least compared to his father and grandfather

How North Korea presents the possibility of a future female leader
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov November 23, 2022
Most North Koreans have tap water. But that doesn’t mean it’s always running.
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Most North Koreans have tap water. But that doesn’t mean it’s always running.

Citizens have devised ad hoc solutions to unreliable water supply over the years, with entrepreneurship playing key role

Most North Koreans have tap water. But that doesn’t mean it’s always running.
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov November 15, 2022
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