The Woodrow Wilson Center's Cold War International History Project and the US-China Studies Program at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia will hold an international conference on "China, North Korea, and the Cold War in Asia" at the University of Virginia on 22-24 October 2004.

Following up on earlier efforts by the Cold War International History
Project's Korea Initiative (coordinated by Kathryn Weathersby) and its partners (see the CWIHP North Korea workshop organized and co-sponsored by George Washington University's Cold War Group in March 2003, report at, the primary aim of the meeting is to utilize archival documents from North Korea's former Communist allies, in particular China, to pursue a deeper understanding of China's changing relations with North Korea throughout the Cold War. A second objective is to illuminate the dynamics, logic, goals and strategies of North Korea's internal and external policies. The conference will explore previously inaccessible or unnoticed documentation kept by North Korea's Communist allies (present or former). Selected documents will be edited and published in a documentary collection. The conference organizers also intend to publish a volume of selected conference papers.

Scholars are invited to submit proposals for papers. The proposals should outline the paper's topic and main themes/theses, as well as the documentary sources that will be used. The conference organizers will cover the participants' expenses to attend the conference.

Proposals should be sent no later than 25 February to Chen Jian
at and Christian Ostermann at For further information, see