January 26, 2020


Fyodor Tertitskiy

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.


How the North is run: concluding observations

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

Fyodor Tertitskiy March 27, 2019

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

Fyodor Tertitskiy March 15, 2019

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

Fyodor Tertitskiy March 4, 2019

How the North is run: the Ministry of Agriculture

Despite some reforms, government control of food production remains strict

Fyodor Tertitskiy January 27, 2019

A ‘block’ to denuclearization? Reading N.Korea’s latest statement

Institute for American Studies statement repeats several recent DPRK talking points

Fyodor Tertitskiy December 17, 2018

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

Fyodor Tertitskiy November 2, 2018

How the North is run: the intelligence services

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

Fyodor Tertitskiy October 29, 2018

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

Fyodor Tertitskiy| Oliver Hotham October 23, 2018

Kim Jong Un’s public appearances in September: a return to diplomacy

On-the-spot guidance took a backseat to a military parade and a crucial summit with the South

Fyodor Tertitskiy October 3, 2018

How the North is run: the education system

While remarkably high-quality for such a poor country, curricula remains restricted by rigid state ideology

Fyodor Tertitskiy October 2, 2018
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