Events

Luncheon Address by Chairman Kim Moo-Sung

July 27, 2015 // 12:00pm2:00pm
Rep. Kim Moo-Sung, Chairman of the Korean Saenuri Party (New Frontier Party) addressed a luncheon of invited experts and distinguished guests and discussed the US-ROK alliance and national unification on the occasion of the sixty-second anniversary of the Korean War armistice.

Seeking Historical Reconciliation: The U.S. Role in Fostering Relations Between Japan and South Korea

July 23, 2015 // 10:30am12:00pm
Democratic ideals and cultural exchanges among nations have been seen as effective tools to encourage reconciliation between former adversaries. But that seemingly has not been the case in relations between Japan and South Korea, even if democratic values are shared. Wilson Center Fellow and Waseda University professor Toyomi Asano notes that it is important to share memories of the United States-led process of decolonization after the Japanese Empire’s defeat.

Cold War Crucible: The Korean Conflict and the Postwar World

June 25, 2015 // 9:00am10:30am
Masuda Hajimu will discuss his new book, Cold War Crucible: The Korean Conflict and the Postwar World, asking, what, really, was the Cold War?
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Wilson Center Announces New Center for Korean History and Public Policy

June 10, 2015 // 3:00pm4:00pm
Please join us on June 10 to celebrate the launch of the new Hyundai Motor–Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy. Made possible with the generous support of the Hyundai Motor Company and the Korea Foundation, the program will expand the Wilson Center's unique strengths and rich legacy of substantive and diverse programming on Korea.

Ode To My Father: Korean War & Divided Families

June 03, 2015 // 5:30pm9:30pm
This very special screening of "Ode To My Father: Korean War & Divided Families" is held in support of legislation encouraging family reunions between Korean-Americans and North Koreans (H.CON.RES 40) and to strengthen the US-ROK alliance.

Contested Memories and Reconciliation Challenges: Japan and the Asia Pacific on the 70th Anniversary of the End of the Second World War

March 18, 2015 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Seventy years after the end of World War II, unfinished postwar reconciliation continue to haunt relations between Asian nations. Japan finds itself at the heart of the regional politics, and its reflections, attitude and remarks toward this part of history still arouse a strong public sentiment particularly in China and Korea. Read the summary and policy recommendations here!

The Struggle for Order: Hegemony, Hierarchy and Transition in Post-Cold War East Asia

February 23, 2015 // 2:00pm3:30pm
It is often understood that contemporary politics in the region is marked by balance of power activity that precedes an inevitable power transition when China’s power “catches up” with that of the United States. In The Struggle for Order: Hegemony, Hierarchy and Transition in Post-Cold War East Asia, however, Australian National University’s Evelyn Goh argues that U.S. hegemony has been consolidated in East Asia in spite of China’s rise, because of the crucial support of other regional states which prefer a U.S.-led order.

Modern Times in North Korea: Scenes from its Founding Years, 1945-1950

December 15, 2014 // 4:00pm5:30pm
North Korea is often portrayed in mainstream media as a backward place, a Stalinist relic without a history worth knowing. But during its founding years (1945-1950), North Korea experienced a radical social revolution when everyday life became the primary site of political struggle, including quite deliberately a feminist agenda. With historical comparisons to revolutions in the early 20th century, Suzy Kim introduces her recent book through rarely seen archival photos, situating the North Korean revolution within the broader history of modernity.
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2014 IFES-WWICS Washington Forum on Korea

December 05, 2014 // 12:00pm5:00pm
The Woodrow Wilson Center has partnered with the Institute for Far Eastern Studies (IFES), Kyungnam University, to convene the IFES-WWICS Washington Forum on Korea, an annual gathering designed to give a broader historical perspective to policy discussions on Korea in the United States.

New Approaches to Understanding and Engaging North Korea

November 21, 2014 // 3:00pm4:00pm
North Korea is often portrayed as a “hermit kingdom,” its politics inscrutable, and its doors closed to outside influence. However, this dynamic of isolation has begun to erode, thanks in part to scholars and practitioners who have carved out new ways to study North Korea and engage with its people. At the event, young professionals in the field will discuss the various ways in which they have carved out new terrain for working on North Korean issues through archival research, economic training, student exchanges, and leadership studies.

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Experts & Staff

  • Christian F. Ostermann // Director, History and Public Policy Program; Global Europe; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
  • James Person // Deputy Director, History and Public Policy Program; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
  • Charles Kraus // Program Associate
  • Jean H. Lee // Public Policy Fellow