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With North Korea conducting a new round of nuclear tests and the US and South Korea flying bombers and fighter jets as a show of strength in response, the Korean Peninsula is back in the spotlight. We spoke with James Person to find out what North Korea hopes to gain by provoking nuclear tensions and if additional sanctions, as some are recommending, would matter to a nation isolated from much of the international community. His insights provide the focus for this edition of Wilson Center NOW.


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North Korea International Documentation Project

The North Korea International Documentation Project serves as an informational clearinghouse on North Korea for┬áthe scholarly and policymaking communities, disseminating┬ádocuments on the DPRK from its former communist allies that provide valuable insight into the actions and nature of the North Korean state. It is part of the Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program.  Read more

Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy

The Center for Korean History and Public Policy was established in 2015 with the generous support of the Hyundai Motor Company and the Korea Foundation to provide a coherent, long-term platform for improving historical understanding of Korea and informing the public policy debate on the Korean peninsula in the United States and beyond.  Read more