May 18, 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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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
The cult of Kim Jong Suk: the story of a housewife turned divine figure

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

The cult of Kim Jong Suk: the story of a housewife turned divine figure
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Fyodor Tertitskiy December 23, 2018
A ‘block’ to denuclearization? Reading N.Korea’s latest statement
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A ‘block’ to denuclearization? Reading N.Korea’s latest statement

Institute for American Studies statement repeats several recent DPRK talking points

A ‘block’ to denuclearization? Reading N.Korea’s latest statement
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Fyodor Tertitskiy December 17, 2018
Five years since the purge: the rise and fall of Jang Song Thaek

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

Five years since the purge: the rise and fall of Jang Song Thaek
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Fyodor Tertitskiy December 13, 2018
Why the death of Kim Il Sung’s wife is unlikely to cause much turbulence

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

Why the death of Kim Il Sung’s wife is unlikely to cause much turbulence
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Fyodor Tertitskiy December 11, 2018
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