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.

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Brace yourselves: why North Korea is ready to turn up the tensions in 2020

Brace yourselves: why North Korea is ready to turn up the tensions in 2020

With little progress in diplomacy, expect Pyongyang to return to a familiar playbook

Brace yourselves: why North Korea is ready to turn up the tensions in 2020
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov December 4, 2019
Why, when North Korea misbehaves, the South can’t help but turn the other cheek

Why, when North Korea misbehaves, the South can’t help but turn the other cheek

The current administration is wedded to a good-will policy — and Pyongyang is happy to exploit it

Why, when North Korea misbehaves, the South can’t help but turn the other cheek
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov November 25, 2019
Bow to the leader: a history of North Korea’s iconic and ubiquitous Kim statues

Bow to the leader: a history of North Korea’s iconic and ubiquitous Kim statues

Statues began being erected in the late 1960s, and continue to be sites of mandatory pilgrimage to this day

Bow to the leader: a history of North Korea’s iconic and ubiquitous Kim statues
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov November 11, 2019
Why it’s time to drop unrealistic hopes for North Korean denuclearization

Why it’s time to drop unrealistic hopes for North Korean denuclearization

The unshakable commitment to an unachievable goal is stymying any chance of actually curbing the threat from Pyongyang

Why it’s time to drop unrealistic hopes for North Korean denuclearization
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov November 4, 2019
How North Korea’s devastating famine subverted the rigid “songbun” system

How North Korea’s devastating famine subverted the rigid “songbun” system

Many were able to use their foreign connections to start illegal, but profitable, cross-border businesses

How North Korea’s devastating famine subverted the rigid “songbun” system
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov October 27, 2019
Why, in talks with the U.S., North Korea can now afford to play hardball

Why, in talks with the U.S., North Korea can now afford to play hardball

With China back onside and Trump facing a domestic crisis, Pyongyang is in no great rush

Why, in talks with the U.S., North Korea can now afford to play hardball
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov October 8, 2019
Why, with John Bolton gone, U.S. diplomacy can move more freely — and recklessly

Why, with John Bolton gone, U.S. diplomacy can move more freely — and recklessly

The hawkish advisor had long limited President Trump's more adventurous approach to North Korea

Why, with John Bolton gone, U.S. diplomacy can move more freely — and recklessly
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov September 25, 2019
If diplomacy with North Korea fails, could South Korea go nuclear?

If diplomacy with North Korea fails, could South Korea go nuclear?

Contrary to some American claims, a regional arms build-up appears unlikely

If diplomacy with North Korea fails, could South Korea go nuclear?
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov September 23, 2019
In Japan, pessimism about the intractable Koreas now prevails

In Japan, pessimism about the intractable Koreas now prevails

Observers and officials in Tokyo see little hope for reconciliation with either Seoul or Pyongyang

In Japan, pessimism about the intractable Koreas now prevails
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov September 16, 2019
North Korean women and ‘common law marriages’ in China

North Korean women and ‘common law marriages’ in China

The situation for these women is often dire, but various circumstances can lead to them staying

North Korean women and ‘common law marriages’ in China
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov August 30, 2019
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