January 27, 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

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

Fyodor Tertitskiy January 12, 2021

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

Fyodor Tertitskiy January 11, 2021

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.

Fyodor Tertitskiy November 17, 2020

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

Fyodor Tertitskiy August 11, 2020

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

Fyodor Tertitskiy June 19, 2020

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

Fyodor Tertitskiy May 21, 2020

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

Fyodor Tertitskiy May 4, 2020

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

Fyodor Tertitskiy March 27, 2020

Three is a magic number: North Korea’s fascination with triplets

Three kids all in one go can be quite a handful - but in the DPRK, two's company, and three's even better

Fyodor Tertitskiy February 19, 2020

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
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