January 24, 2020

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Fyodor Tertitskiy

Fyodor Tertitskiy is an expert in North Korean politics and the military and a contributor to NK News and NK Pro. He holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Seoul National University, and is author of “North Korea before Kim Il Sung,” which you buy here.

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Eight years into his rule, Kim Jong Un faces grim choices in 2020

Rising tensions do not bode well for the North Korean leader — or his people

Fyodor Tertitskiy December 16, 2019

Rules are rules: North Korean "democracy," in theory and in practice

While the laws could allow for the leader to be removed from office, such a scenario would likely require a major crisis

Fyodor Tertitskiy December 6, 2019

With the century: the extraordinary life and times of Kim Il Sung

How Korea, and the world, changed alongside the life of the infamous dictator

Fyodor Tertitskiy October 29, 2019

Making sense of Kim Jong Un's new position: who is North Korea's head of state?

Confusion stems from a misunderstanding of what 'head of state' actually means

Fyodor Tertitskiy September 5, 2019

Politics and the Korean language: a history of Chinese characters in the DPRK

Both simplified and traditional characters remain in use to this day

Fyodor Tertitskiy July 30, 2019

Why it's time to rethink the looming ban on North Koreans working overseas

The measure, scheduled for December 22, will harm regular people and work against U.S. interests

Fyodor Tertitskiy June 20, 2019

Why, in North Korea, even birth records can't be taken at face value

DPRK history is full of powerful men manipulating the past ⁠— researchers must tread carefully

Fyodor Tertitskiy June 13, 2019

The North Korea rumor mill strikes again: the Kim Yong Chol purge that wasn't

Reporters must be more responsible in separating fact from the fiction

Fyodor Tertitskiy June 3, 2019

The great survivor: after 21 years at the top, Kim Yong Nam steps down

News of the elder statesman's replacement marks the end of a remarkable political career

Fyodor Tertitskiy April 12, 2019

How Kim Il Sung broke free from the Soviet Union

Pyongyang deftly exploited Moscow's weakness in securing its independence

Fyodor Tertitskiy March 18, 2019
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