NKIDP senior adviser and Ohio State University Associate Professor of History Mitchell Lerner’s working paper “Mostly Propaganda in Nature: Kim Il Sung, the Juche ideology, and the Second Korean War” was recently cited in an article on Asia Times Online. The article, authored by NKIDP research assistant Yong Kwon, highlights the relevance of North Korea’s military provocations in 1968 for understanding the prospects for North Korea in the post-Kim Jong Il era.
A newly released Romanian document indicates that North Korea dispatched personnel to Vietnam to carry out psychological warfare against the nearly 313,000 South Korean troops sent to fight against the North Vietnamese between 1965 and 1973.
Roundup of news articles reporting on NKIDP e-Dossier No. 2 from media outlets in Korea and across Asia (includes both English and Korean articles). UPDATE: New Vietnamese news coverage added.
Donga Ilbo and Joongang Ilbo published articles on the inter-Korean economic competition in the 1970s based on newly published NKIDP documents. Based on conversations former North Korean leader Kim Il Sung had with his Romanian and Bulgarian counterparts, the articles reveal Kim's mistaken belief that DPRK's economy would never be overtaken by that of the ROK.
On October 24, 2011, Kyunghyang Shinmun, a South Korean newspaper, featured a report on the publication of The Rise and Fall of Détente on the Korean Peninsula, 1970-1974, the newest addition to the History and Public Policy Critical Oral History Conference Series.
The North Korea International Documentation Project is currently accepting internship applications for Spring 2012.
The Bonds of Brotherhood: New Evidence on Sino–North Korean Exchanges, 1950–1954
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."
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.
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 Assistant
- Roy O. Kim // Program Assistant