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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How Kim Il Sung became North Korea's Great Leader

The DPRK's chaotic early days saw the USSR lay the groundwork for decades of autocratic rule

Fyodor Tertitskiy November 5, 2018

A survivor, a princeling, and an outsider: the Politburo Standing Committee

This unusual triad of high-ranking officials serve as some of the leader's top advisers

Fyodor Tertitskiy November 1, 2018

How North Korea celebrates its Party Foundation Day

What should we expect from today's holiday?

Fyodor Tertitskiy October 9, 2018

Pang Hak Se: the father of the North Korean secret police

Mysterious official's long tenure provides clues of DPRK system under Kim Il Sung

Fyodor Tertitskiy October 4, 2018

“Heroes who returned to the legal authority”: prominent Cold War-era defectors

Long before the 30,000 defector era, reception was much different for the few who made it

Fyodor Tertitskiy September 12, 2018

How North Korean media covered the 9/11 terrorist attack

Sympathetic in first days, the narrative later turned to condemnation of America's new wars

Fyodor Tertitskiy September 11, 2018

Is North Korea's 9/9 Foundation Day its most important holiday?

In terms of large celebrations, the holiday lacks a clear pattern over last 70 years

Fyodor Tertitskiy September 8, 2018

How sourcing for North Korean studies has changed over time

Access to documents from 70s and 80s 'dark era' still most difficult, but may improve in future

Fyodor Tertitskiy September 4, 2018

The meaning of North Korea's "Songun Day"

The DPRK's "military first" policy never had major policy implications

Fyodor Tertitskiy August 23, 2018

Goodbye, Gorby: How North Korea saw the final days of the Soviet Union

Pyongyang saw the fall of its longstanding backer with understandable trepidation

Fyodor Tertitskiy August 22, 2018
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