July 03, 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'

Despite mixed legacy, Moon Jae-in played key role to avert war with North Korea
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Despite mixed legacy, Moon Jae-in played key role to avert war with North Korea

Failures of the last few years shouldn’t overshadow the outgoing president’s deft diplomacy in the days of fire and fury

Despite mixed legacy, Moon Jae-in played key role to avert war with North Korea
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov March 18, 2022
How a North Korean businessman’s high-rise dreams came crashing down
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How a North Korean businessman’s high-rise dreams came crashing down

A defector’s memoir illuminates how private entrepreneurs, relying on bribery, drove a construction boom in Pyongyang

How a North Korean businessman’s high-rise dreams came crashing down
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov February 25, 2022
What’s in it for the working man? Why North Koreans show up for low-wage jobs

What’s in it for the working man? Why North Koreans show up for low-wage jobs

State-assigned jobs rarely pay a livable salary, but there are other benefits for reporting to one’s workplace

What’s in it for the working man? Why North Koreans show up for low-wage jobs
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov February 16, 2022
A North Korean assassination gone wrong and its continuing ripple effects
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A North Korean assassination gone wrong and its continuing ripple effects

The attempt to take out former ROK leader Park Chung-hee killed his wife instead and drove his daughter into politics

A North Korean assassination gone wrong and its continuing ripple effects
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov February 2, 2022
Why North Korea won’t act on its threat to launch long-range missiles — yet
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Why North Korea won’t act on its threat to launch long-range missiles — yet

Pyongyang hopes to pressure the US to make concessions, but without angering its ally China

Why North Korea won’t act on its threat to launch long-range missiles — yet
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov January 21, 2022
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
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