April 19, 2021

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Fyodor Tertitskiy

Fyodor Tertitskiy is a leading researcher at Seoul’s Kookmin University. 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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Kim Jong Un’s grave-robbing promotion is his biggest mistake yet
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Kim Jong Un’s grave-robbing promotion is his biggest mistake yet

The North Korean leader is committing ideological heresy by taking Kim Jong Il’s general secretary position

Kim Jong Un’s grave-robbing promotion is his biggest mistake yet
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Fyodor Tertitskiy January 12, 2021
Kim Yo Jong demoted: Why the North Korean leader’s sister is down, but not out

Kim Yo Jong demoted: Why the North Korean leader’s sister is down, but not out

Kim family members have been demoted in the past, only to resurface a few years later

Kim Yo Jong demoted: Why the North Korean leader’s sister is down, but not out
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Fyodor Tertitskiy January 11, 2021
Nine years ago, Kim Jong Un took power. Here’s what changed in 2020. 
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Nine years ago, Kim Jong Un took power. Here’s what changed in 2020. 

North Korea underwent several drastic adjustments this year — some of which were state-sponsored, some of which were not

Nine years ago, Kim Jong Un took power. Here’s what changed in 2020. 
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Fyodor Tertitskiy December 17, 2020
The mystery behind a South Korean presidential candidate executed for collusion

The mystery behind a South Korean presidential candidate executed for collusion

He was executed for ties to North Korea and became a political martyr. But new evidence shakes up the story once again.

The mystery behind a South Korean presidential candidate executed for collusion
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Fyodor Tertitskiy November 17, 2020
After key promotions, Kim Jong Un’s power over North Korea may be diminishing
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After key promotions, Kim Jong Un’s power over North Korea may be diminishing

North Korea recently shattered history & decentralized power by appointing two new marshals to the Korean People’s Army

After key promotions, Kim Jong Un’s power over North Korea may be diminishing
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Fyodor Tertitskiy October 9, 2020
Lasting impact: What Korea would look like if the ‘Forgotten War’ never happened

Lasting impact: What Korea would look like if the ‘Forgotten War’ never happened

The Korean War deepened hostilities between North and South, drastically altering the course of history

Lasting impact: What Korea would look like if the ‘Forgotten War’ never happened
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Fyodor Tertitskiy August 11, 2020
Kim Yo Jong as North Korea’s new “party center”? Not so fast

Kim Yo Jong as North Korea’s new “party center”? Not so fast

Claims that a secret succession process may be underway must be taken with a pinch of salt

Kim Yo Jong as North Korea’s new “party center”? Not so fast
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Fyodor Tertitskiy June 19, 2020
Why it’s time for China to take greater responsibility for North Korea’s future

Why it’s time for China to take greater responsibility for North Korea’s future

Much stronger influence from Beijing could reduce the threat from Pyongyang and potentially improve human rights

Why it’s time for China to take greater responsibility for North Korea’s future
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Fyodor Tertitskiy May 21, 2020
Back from the dead: when South Korean partisan politics hurts North Korea policy

Back from the dead: when South Korean partisan politics hurts North Korea policy

A recent gaffe by a freshman lawmaker highlights how detached from reality the country's conservatives have become

Back from the dead: when South Korean partisan politics hurts North Korea policy
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Fyodor Tertitskiy May 4, 2020
Why Kim Jong Un likely won’t be appointing any new Vice-Marshals any time soon

Why Kim Jong Un likely won’t be appointing any new Vice-Marshals any time soon

The North Korean leader has not promoted anyone to the rank since Ri Myong Su in 2016

Why Kim Jong Un likely won’t be appointing any new Vice-Marshals any time soon
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Fyodor Tertitskiy March 27, 2020
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