NKIDP e-Dossier no. 12, "The Cuban Missile Crisis and the Origins of North Korea’s Policy of Self-Reliance in National Defense," is introduced by James F. Person and features 6 translated documents which demonstrate how the Cuban Missile Crisis transformed North Korea’s relations with Moscow and Beijing and nudged the country down a path of unsustainable military buildup that, in part, resulted in a nuclear weapons program and was responsible for the country’s economic difficulties in later decades.
Bernd Schaefer discussed the links between the North Korean security service and the East German Stasi in the 1980s, particularly in preparations for the Pyongyang World Festival of Youth and Students in 1989.
New archival evidence on North Korean history from 1955 through 1984 prepared for the 16-17 June 2010 conference New Documents and New Histories: Twenty-First Century Perspectives on the Korean War.
In this Centerpoint column, the Wilson Center's James Person describes the importance and relevance of mining the archives of North Korea's former communist allies.