Ryoo Kihl-Jae, former Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar and long-time partner of the North Korea International Documentation Project, was nominated as the next Minister of Unification of the Republic of Korea by President-elect Park Geun-hye.
The Center for Cold War International History Studies, East China Normal University, is seeking paper proposals for a conference on "Relations between China and States on its Periphery during the Cold War" to be held in Shanghai fall 2013.
North Korea's first successful rocket launch is a truly dangerous development. Although the North Koreans have previously detonated two nuclear devices, until now they have not demonstrated any ability to deliver them. Weaponizing a missile is hard, but Pyongyang's close ally Iran has made great advances in miniaturizing warheads. With the combination of North Korea's nuclear bombs and Iran's technology, a nuclear-tipped missile could be capable of striking the West Coast of the United States in the near future. We can no longer afford to ignore North Korea.
Jane Harman, Director, President and CEO of the Wilson Center, and James Person, NKIDP Coordinator, write in the LA Times that a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the West Coast of the United States may be available to North Korea in the near future.
Christian F. Ostermann // Director, History and Public Policy Program; European Studies; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project