April 21, 2021

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'

Why North Korea’s healthcare sector is better equipped than many believe

Why North Korea’s healthcare sector is better equipped than many believe

The DPRK is able to strictly enforce quarantine measures and has a large number of doctors in the population

Why North Korea’s healthcare sector is better equipped than many believe
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov March 19, 2020
In fight against COVID-19, North Korea gambles its long-term economic stability

In fight against COVID-19, North Korea gambles its long-term economic stability

Pyongyang's draconian response to the coronavirus outbreak stands to do much more damage than the virus ever could

In fight against COVID-19, North Korea gambles its long-term economic stability
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov March 13, 2020
How North Korean laborers rediscovered capitalism in the 1990s

How North Korean laborers rediscovered capitalism in the 1990s

Following the collapse of the public distribution system, North Koreans began to sell their labor in order to survive

How North Korean laborers rediscovered capitalism in the 1990s
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov March 2, 2020
Family matters: what to make of the unusual reappearance of Kim Kyong Hui

Family matters: what to make of the unusual reappearance of Kim Kyong Hui

The re-emergence of the DPRK leader's aunt shows the Kim bloodline still holds privileges — for some

Family matters: what to make of the unusual reappearance of Kim Kyong Hui
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov February 24, 2020
In Washington DC, top policymakers have lost interest in North Korea

In Washington DC, top policymakers have lost interest in North Korea

Trump and his allies appear increasingly willing to let the status quo prevail — at least for now

In Washington DC, top policymakers have lost interest in North Korea
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov February 6, 2020
Why sanctions won’t turn North Koreans against Kim Jong Un any time soon

Why sanctions won’t turn North Koreans against Kim Jong Un any time soon

The country’s elite have too much to lose, and the common people are too repressed, for an uprising to be feasible

Why sanctions won’t turn North Koreans against Kim Jong Un any time soon
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov January 9, 2020
What the U.S. killing of Iran’s top general means for North Korea

What the U.S. killing of Iran’s top general means for North Korea

The death of Qassem Soleimani has likely shocked many in Pyongyang — and highlighted Trump's dangerous unpredictability

What the U.S. killing of Iran’s top general means for North Korea
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov January 5, 2020
An honest new year statement from North Korea: denuclearization isn’t happening

An honest new year statement from North Korea: denuclearization isn’t happening

Pyongyang wants to negotiate arms control and non-proliferation, but not the full surrender of their nuclear weapons

An honest new year statement from North Korea: denuclearization isn’t happening
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov January 1, 2020
Best of frenemies: Soviet perceptions of North Korea in the 1970s

Best of frenemies: Soviet perceptions of North Korea in the 1970s

Pyongyang showed little gratitude for Soviet assistance, yet Moscow couldn't afford to abandon the relationship

Best of frenemies: Soviet perceptions of North Korea in the 1970s
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov December 31, 2019
The left is right: why South Korea should continue its policy of engagement

The left is right: why South Korea should continue its policy of engagement

Progressives may be naïve about North Korea, but conservative policies will likely only lead to increasing tensions

The left is right: why South Korea should continue its policy of engagement
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov December 10, 2019
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