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.
The DPRK leader's death could lead to a major power vacuum, though stability would likely prevail
Pyongyang's historians largely borrowed from Soviet accounts — with a few noteworthy differences
Former members of the 88 brigade came to form much of the DPRK's top brass
Many believed the explosion represented an attempt on Kim Jong Il's life
Rise in stature of Kim Il Sung's wife came in concert with her son's efforts to become successor
The dramatic arrest and death of Kim Jong Un's uncle remains an unprecedented moment in DPRK history
Absent role in state media for several decades, death of Kim Song Ae unlikely to have much impact
The DPRK's leader-worship may be the most pervasive in human history
State media appears divided on the importance of Tripoli's 2003 disarmament
The "DPRK" moniker has its origins in the factionalism of the 1940s
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