Parallel Thoughts

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) visiting a process of quilt production at the Pyongyang Kim Jong Suk Silk Mill in Pyongyang, in undated photo released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), Jan. 9, 2017.

The North Korean Policy Changes That Dare Not Speak Their Name

The reluctance of Kim Jong Un's nervous regime to acknowledge it is adopting a market economy frustrates the legal changes needed to sustain nascent growth.

Andrei Lankov

By Andrei Lankov

Andrei Lankov, a professor at Kookmin University in Seoul, is a Russian scholar and expert in Korean studies. He lived as an exchange student in North Korea in the 1980's. He graduated from Leningrad State University with a PhD in Far Eastern history and China, with emphasis on Korea. Lankov’s books include From Stalin to Kim Il Sung, North of the DMZ, and The Real North Korea.

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