October 06, 2022

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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 can buy here.

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The great survivor: after 21 years at the top, Kim Yong Nam steps down

The great survivor: after 21 years at the top, Kim Yong Nam steps down

News of the elder statesman's replacement marks the end of a remarkable political career

The great survivor: after 21 years at the top, Kim Yong Nam steps down
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Fyodor Tertitskiy April 12, 2019
How the North is run: concluding observations
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How the North is run: concluding observations

North Korea's history is woven into its political system -- and makes real reform seem unlikely

How the North is run: concluding observations
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Fyodor Tertitskiy March 27, 2019
How Kim Il Sung broke free from the Soviet Union

How Kim Il Sung broke free from the Soviet Union

Pyongyang deftly exploited Moscow's weakness in securing its independence

How Kim Il Sung broke free from the Soviet Union
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Fyodor Tertitskiy March 18, 2019
How the North is run: industry and the planned economy
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How the North is run: industry and the planned economy

Reforms to management incentives have increased efficiency in recent years, though impediments to real growth remain

How the North is run: industry and the planned economy
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Fyodor Tertitskiy March 15, 2019
Contingency planning: who would succeed Kim Jong Un?

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

Contingency planning: who would succeed Kim Jong Un?
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Fyodor Tertitskiy March 14, 2019
How North Korea’s highest-circulation newspaper covered the Hanoi summit
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How North Korea’s highest-circulation newspaper covered the Hanoi summit

The Rodong highlighted how much people missed the leader — and put a positive spin on the outcome

How North Korea’s highest-circulation newspaper covered the Hanoi summit
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Fyodor Tertitskiy March 4, 2019
What North Koreans learn about Hitler and World War Two

What North Koreans learn about Hitler and World War Two

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

What North Koreans learn about Hitler and World War Two
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Fyodor Tertitskiy February 19, 2019
How an obscure Red Army unit became the cradle of the North Korean elite

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

How an obscure Red Army unit became the cradle of the North Korean elite
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Fyodor Tertitskiy February 3, 2019
How the North is run: the Ministry of Agriculture
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How the North is run: the Ministry of Agriculture

Despite some reforms, government control of food production remains strict

How the North is run: the Ministry of Agriculture
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Fyodor Tertitskiy January 27, 2019
The Ryongchon blast: why one of North Korea’s worst disasters remains a mystery

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

The Ryongchon blast: why one of North Korea’s worst disasters remains a mystery
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Fyodor Tertitskiy January 15, 2019
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