Andrei Lankov: Kookmin University
In this episode, Korea Economic Institute’s Director of Public Affairs and Regional Issues Sarah Yun speaks with Dr. Andrei Lankov of Kookimin University. Having written a number of books on North Korea, and contributing to regular columns in the Asia Times, Korea Times and The Daily NK, Dr. Lankov is one of the leading voices on the DPRK. Hailing originally from Saint Petersburg (then Leningrad), Lankov has a unique background among Korea Watchers, having studied in North Korea during the 1980s and witnessed the breakup of his native Soviet Union in the early 1990s. In this interview, he talks to Sarah about his time living in North Korea, current prospects for inter-Korean relations, and how he remains motivated to work on the issue – despite a rather negative outlook for the future of the peninsula.