February 19, 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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Contingency planning: who would succeed Kim Jong Un?

The DPRK leader's death could lead to a major power vacuum, though stability would likely prevail

Fyodor Tertitskiy March 14, 2019

What North Koreans learn about Hitler and World War Two

Pyongyang's historians largely borrowed from Soviet accounts — with a few noteworthy differences

Fyodor Tertitskiy February 19, 2019

How an obscure Red Army unit became the cradle of the North Korean elite

Former members of the 88 brigade came to form much of the DPRK's top brass

Fyodor Tertitskiy February 3, 2019

The Ryongchon blast: why one of North Korea's worst disasters remains a mystery

Many believed the explosion represented an attempt on Kim Jong Il's life

Fyodor Tertitskiy January 15, 2019

The cult of Kim Jong Suk: the story of a housewife turned divine figure

Rise in stature of Kim Il Sung's wife came in concert with her son's efforts to become successor

Fyodor Tertitskiy December 23, 2018

Five years since the purge: the rise and fall of Jang Song Thaek

The dramatic arrest and death of Kim Jong Un's uncle remains an unprecedented moment in DPRK history

Fyodor Tertitskiy December 13, 2018

Why the death of Kim Il Sung’s wife is unlikely to cause much turbulence

Absent role in state media for several decades, death of Kim Song Ae unlikely to have much impact

Fyodor Tertitskiy December 11, 2018

How the Kim cult of personality came to dominate North Korean life

The DPRK's leader-worship may be the most pervasive in human history

Fyodor Tertitskiy December 7, 2018

Learning the lessons of Libya: North Korea and Gaddafi

State media appears divided on the importance of Tripoli's 2003 disarmament

Fyodor Tertitskiy November 22, 2018

How North Korea got its (official) name

The "DPRK" moniker has its origins in the factionalism of the 1940s

Fyodor Tertitskiy November 21, 2018
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