Author Archive

Brave Dissenters and the Silent Majority: Lankov, Yurchak, and the Fading USSR

By | September 20, 2013

Professor Andrei Lankov returns with native insight into the slow, steady decline of Brezhnev’s USSR, set against the backdrop of a 2005 book by Alexei Yurchak, “Everything Was Forever Until It Was No More.”

The Limits to Marketization: State and Private in Kimist North Korea

By | June 14, 2013

Andrei Lankov takes issue with the idea that North Korea has a command economy, and explains the myriad ways private capital reproduces itself in the dog-eat-dog world of modern business north of the 38th parallel.

Soviet-DPRK Relations: Purges, Power, and Dissent in North Korea’s Formative Years

By | March 29, 2013

Andrei Lankov looks back to show how Soviet-DPRK relations and Kim Il-sung’s rule were guided not by ideology but by the demands of good old-fashioned power.

A False Dichotomy: Professor Andrei Lankov on a Popular Revolution Imposed from Without

By | February 18, 2013

In the first of his exclusive occasional posts for SinoNK, Professor Andrei Lankov of Kookmin University in Seoul explains how the North Korean revolution was both imposed by the USSR and supported by a substantial proportion of the North Korean people.