About the North Korea International Documentation Project

The North Korea International Documentation Project (NKIDP) serves as an informational clearinghouse on North Korea for both the scholarly and policymaking communities by widely disseminating newly declassified documents on the DPRK from its former communist allies as well as other resources that provide valuable insight into the actions and nature of the North Korean state. more 


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The Latest from the North Korea International Documentation Project

Modern Times in North Korea: Scenes from its Founding Years, 1945-1950

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December 15, 2014 // 4:00pm5:30pm
North Korea is often portrayed in mainstream media as a backward place, a Stalinist relic without a history worth knowing. But during its founding years (1945-1950), North Korea experienced a radical social revolution when everyday life became the primary site of political struggle, including quite deliberately a feminist agenda. With historical comparisons to revolutions in the early 20th century, Suzy Kim introduces her recent book through rarely seen archival photos, situating the North Korean revolution within the broader history of modernity. more
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North Korea Turns on the Charm: What Does it Mean?

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Oct 14, 2014
Even with the reemergence of Kim Jong Un, questions remain about the mysterious nature of the inner workings of North Korea. The Wilson Center’s, James Person, who accurately predicted that Kim was still in charge when others were engaged in speculation to the contrary, provides insight into North Korea’s lack of transparency and its recent attempts to engage with other nations that have been described as a “charm offensive.” more

North Korean Apprentices in China and the Nature of Socialist Exchanges in the 1950s

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Sep 11, 2014
After 1953, China hosted thousands of North Koreans for industrial training programs and internships. Although the intention of hosting interns was to assist North Korea with its post-war economic reconstruction, newly translated Chinese documents reveal that the training programs were, at their core, really about politics. more
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Deal or No Deal: How To Negotiate Successful Nuclear Agreements

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September 17, 2014 // 2:30pm4:30pm
When are nuclear agreements successfully negotiated? A combination of factors—technical, domestic political, and strategic—enabled Washington and New Delhi to conclude a civil nuclear accord in 2008. The US-India case offers useful lessons for negotiations in progress with Iran, and for possible future nuclear accommodation with Pakistan and North Korea. more

North Korean War Orphans in Transnational Educational Exchange

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August 27, 2014 // 2:00pm3:00pm
More than 100,000 children from both North and South Korea were orphaned during the Korean War. In 1953, the North Korean government dispatched 1,200 orphans to the People’s Republic of Poland to be educated at a boarding school transformed into an orphanage. The orphans were repatriated after six years, at the insistence of the North Korean government, as tensions between Pyongyang and its communist allies began to emerge. NKIDP Intern Intaek Hong examines the complicated process of how the orphans defined their identity based on their experience of interacting with their Polish teachers—who became like foster parents—and deploying their subjectivity in the process. more

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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