July 02, 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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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
How the North is run: the intelligence services
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How the North is run: the intelligence services

Available information paints a chaotic picture of the DPRK's spy service

How the North is run: the intelligence services
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Fyodor Tertitskiy October 29, 2018
A planned Kim-Putin summit: what to expect?
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A planned Kim-Putin summit: what to expect?

The two sides will likely seek to reaffirm old ties and build a united front against sanctions and pressure

A planned Kim-Putin summit: what to expect?
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Fyodor Tertitskiy | Oliver Hotham October 23, 2018
How North Korea celebrates its Party Foundation Day

How North Korea celebrates its Party Foundation Day

What should we expect from today's holiday?

How North Korea celebrates its Party Foundation Day
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Fyodor Tertitskiy October 9, 2018
Pang Hak Se: the father of the North Korean secret police

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

Pang Hak Se: the father of the North Korean secret police
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Fyodor Tertitskiy October 4, 2018
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