NKIDP is pleased to announce its latest publication entitled, Crisis and Confrontation on the Korean Peninsula: 1968-1969, from the History and Public Policy Program's Critical Oral History Conference Book Series.
Schaefer described how in the wake of the North Vietnamese victory, North Korean leader Kim Il Sung sought Chinese assistance in reunifying the Korean peninsula by force after negotiations between North and South were halted.
Based on newly declassified East German, Romanian, and Bulgarian archival documents, Schaefer sheds light on the North Korean policy-making process during the brief period of inter-Korean détente in the early 1970s.
The collection brings together minutes of conversations between North Korean leaders and Romanian officials with daily communications from the Romanian embassy in Pyongyang between the critical period 1966-1968.
The articles highlight the East German attitudes towards Kim Jong Il's succession in the early 1970s, drawing a parallel between the events some 36 years ago with the current question of Kim Jong Un's succession.
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