North Korea’s recent warnings to diplomats and foreigners living in Pyongyang that their safety cannot be guaranteed because of the tense situation on the Korean Peninsula are not unprecedented. Documents obtained and translated by the North Korea International Documentation Project (NKIDP) reveal that North Korea has issued similar warnings during past crises in Korea.
A newly assembled collection of documents from the former communist world provides a historical record of North Korea's policies of brinkmanship and military adventurism.
North Korea's provocative behavior may be part of a larger effort to break out of diplomatic isolation and economic dependency on China by pressuring Washington to return to the negotiating table. Commentary co-authored by Jane Harman, Robert Hathaway, and James Person.
The Wilson Center today launched a new Digital Archive of declassified official documents from nearly 100 different archives in dozens of different countries that provide fresh, unprecedented insights into the history of international relations and diplomacy.The new website features uniquely powerful new search tools, an intuitive user-interface, and new educational resources such as timelines, analysis from leading experts, and biographies of significant historical figures.
Documents recently obtained and translated by the North Korea International Documentation Project depict in vivid detail the struggle between North Korea and South Korea to gain diplomatic recognition across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Sergey Radchenko writes in Foreign Policy on Mao and Stalin’s first awkward meeting and what it tells us about Xi Jinping’s confident trip this week to see Vladimir Putin.
NKIDP welcomes Korea Foundation Junior Scholar Jung Joo Kwon to the Wilson Center
NKIDP welcomes Public Policy Scholar Seuk Ryule Hong to the Wilson Center
Materials obtained and disseminated by the North Korea International Documentation Project were referred to in an article by Aidan Foster-Carter in the Financial Times.
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
- Roy O. Kim // Program Assistant
- Jean H. Lee // Public Policy Fellow