December 04, 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 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
How the Kim cult of personality came to dominate North Korean life

How the Kim cult of personality came to dominate North Korean life

The DPRK's leader-worship may be the most pervasive in human history

How the Kim cult of personality came to dominate North Korean life
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Fyodor Tertitskiy December 7, 2018
Learning the lessons of Libya: North Korea and Gaddafi

Learning the lessons of Libya: North Korea and Gaddafi

State media appears divided on the importance of Tripoli's 2003 disarmament

Learning the lessons of Libya: North Korea and Gaddafi
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Fyodor Tertitskiy November 22, 2018
How North Korea got its (official) name

How North Korea got its (official) name

The "DPRK" moniker has its origins in the factionalism of the 1940s

How North Korea got its (official) name
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Fyodor Tertitskiy November 21, 2018
How Kim Il Sung became North Korea’s Great Leader

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

How Kim Il Sung became North Korea’s Great Leader
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Fyodor Tertitskiy November 5, 2018
Kim Jong Un’s public appearances in October: a rare quiet month for the Supreme Leader
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Kim Jong Un’s public appearances in October: a rare quiet month for the Supreme Leader

The leader kept a markedly low-profile, though he found time to meet with Mike Pompeo and castigate officials

Kim Jong Un’s public appearances in October: a rare quiet month for the Supreme Leader
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Fyodor Tertitskiy November 2, 2018
A survivor, a princeling, and an outsider: the Politburo Standing Committee

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

A survivor, a princeling, and an outsider: the Politburo Standing Committee
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Fyodor Tertitskiy November 1, 2018
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