Fyodor Tertitskiy is an expert in North Korean politics and the military and a contributor to NK News and NK Pro. 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.
North Korea's history is woven into its political system -- and makes real reform seem unlikely
Reforms to management incentives have increased efficiency in recent years, though impediments to real growth remain
The Rodong highlighted how much people missed the leader — and put a positive spin on the outcome
Despite some reforms, government control of food production remains strict
Institute for American Studies statement repeats several recent DPRK talking points
The leader kept a markedly low-profile, though he found time to meet with Mike Pompeo and castigate officials
Available information paints a chaotic picture of the DPRK's spy service
The two sides will likely seek to reaffirm old ties and build a united front against sanctions and pressure
On-the-spot guidance took a backseat to a military parade and a crucial summit with the South
While remarkably high-quality for such a poor country, curricula remains restricted by rigid state ideology
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