November 30, 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'

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
Why North Korea introduced its own version of alternative civilian service
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Why North Korea introduced its own version of alternative civilian service

The DPRK’s shock detachments realize a dream of early communist leaders and provide a path to social advancement

Why North Korea introduced its own version of alternative civilian service
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov March 25, 2022
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
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