Andrei Lankov | NK News
July 22, 2024

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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.

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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
Outside information can change North Korea. But it won’t start a revolution.
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Outside information can change North Korea. But it won’t start a revolution.

Heightened surveillance and border controls mean it's time to alter our approach to info warfare — and our expectations

Outside information can change North Korea. But it won’t start a revolution.
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov November 8, 2022
Why North Korean state media delicately dances around taboo topics
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Why North Korean state media delicately dances around taboo topics

Marketplaces, central supply networks and even census data are all off-limits, sometimes for reasons entirely unclear

Why North Korean state media delicately dances around taboo topics
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov October 18, 2022
With missile over Japan, North Korea reminds US that it’s not going anywhere
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With missile over Japan, North Korea reminds US that it’s not going anywhere

Pyongyang wants sanctions relief and will continue to ramp up pressure through tests until Washington relents

With missile over Japan, North Korea reminds US that it’s not going anywhere
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov October 10, 2022
Interest in North Korea remains at a record low in Biden’s Washington
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Interest in North Korea remains at a record low in Biden’s Washington

Beltway insiders see nuclear negotiations with DPRK as a no-win situation

Interest in North Korea remains at a record low in Biden’s Washington
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov October 6, 2022
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