July 06, 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.

More articles by 'Andrei Lankov'

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
The eccentric South Korean intellectual in Pyongyang’s employ

The eccentric South Korean intellectual in Pyongyang’s employ

Song Du-yul acted as an enthusiastic propagandist for the regime and likely held a prominent role in the bureaucracy

The eccentric South Korean intellectual in Pyongyang’s employ
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov September 16, 2021
The Kim regime’s failed witch hunt against magic and ‘superstition’

The Kim regime’s failed witch hunt against magic and ‘superstition’

Shamans and fortune-tellers continue to operate in North Korea despite crackdowns and punishments

The Kim regime’s failed witch hunt against magic and ‘superstition’
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov September 13, 2021
Siberian jackpot: When North Koreans paid bribes for Soviet logging jobs
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Siberian jackpot: When North Koreans paid bribes for Soviet logging jobs

DPRK loggers earned exorbitant salaries for decades, and many North Koreans still seek to strike it rich abroad

Siberian jackpot: When North Koreans paid bribes for Soviet logging jobs
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov September 3, 2021
How North Korea has limited, controlled and surveilled dangerous outsiders
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How North Korea has limited, controlled and surveilled dangerous outsiders

The recent exodus of diplomats from Pyongyang underlines the DPRK’s long-standing suspicions toward foreigners

How North Korea has limited, controlled and surveilled dangerous outsiders
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov August 5, 2021
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