The role that nuclear weapons play in international politics and security is evolving. For wealthy, militarily powerful countries, nuclear weapons are playing a diminishing role in security planning. Conversely, some countries that lack advanced military capabilities may be coming to see nuclear weapons as increasingly important for their security. The differences between these two groups are reinforced by the fact that, over the past decade, two dictators who ended their nuclear programs have lost their regimes and their lives. As a result, authoritarian leaders may now have an increasingly personal interest in holding on to their nuclear ambitions. U.S. interests can be advanced by minimizing the association that has developed over the past decade between ending nuclear weapons programs, ending regimes, and ending authoritarian leaders’ lives.
Wilson Center Fellow and CWIHP Advisory Board member John Lewis Gaddis wins the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography
The North Korea International Documentation Project and The Ohio State University are pleased to announce an upcoming conference entitled North Korea’s Cold War.
NKIDP e-Dossier no. 15, "The 1967 Purge of the Gapsan Faction and Establishment of the Monolithic Ideological System," draws on newly obtained and translated Romanian and East German documents to shed new light on the purge of the so-called Gapsan faction and establishment of the Monolithic Ideological System in 1967 by North Korean founding leader Kim Il Sung, events which continue to loom large over North Korea and suggest that the purge and execution of Jang Song Thaek should be analyzed primarily in the context of efforts to solidify the unitary leadership of Kim Jong Un.
CWIHP is pleased to welcome Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar Shen Zhihua. His project is entitled "Uncertain Partners: A History of Sino-DPRK Relations, 1949-1992."
An article carried in Korea's Donga Daily highlights new findings from a recently published NKIDP book, Crisis and Confrontation on the Korean Peninsula: 1968-1969 from the History and Public Policy Program Critical Oral History Conference Series.