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Nuclear Weapons and Their Pride of Place in North Korea

Visiting my colleague Van Jackson’s office in New Zealand last week, I spotted a classic North Korean souvenir on his shelf: commemorative stamps, packaged as a booklet and sold to the tourist who brought it back for him as a gift last year. These stamps are not of the iconic Juche Tower or the Arch of Triumph (which every North Korean will point out is taller than its counterpart in Paris).

Remembering and Recreating Chernobyl

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW, Craig Mazin, the writer, creator, and executive producer of the HBO’s miniseries Chernobyl, discusses his approach to creating a dramatized account of the historic 1986 nuclear accident in Ukraine which was then part of the Soviet Union. The critically-acclaimed miniseries tells the story of the men and women who made sacrifices to save Europe from an unprecendented disaster while battling the USSR's culture of disinformation.

 

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Flash Analysis: Chinese President Xi Jinping's Visit to North Korea

On June 20th, Chinese President Xi Jinping is scheduled to make a two day state visit to North Korea.  While Kim Jong Un has traveled to China several times over the last year, this will be Xi's first trip to Pyongyang.  Three Wilson Center experts offer their analysis of the implications and potential outcomes.

 

Jean H. Lee, director of the Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy:

Forging Hope in Exile: Interview with Guzel Yakhina, author of Zuleikha Opens Her Eyes

BY IZABELLA TABAROVSKY

Perspectives from Pyongyang: Highlights from the Jeju Forum

Featured Speaker: Katharina Zellweger of KorAid

China's New Red Guards: The Return of Radicalism and the Rebirth of Mao Zedong

It wasn’t only foreign observers who thought Mao Zedong’s radicalism ended with his death in 1976; throughout the Deng, Jiang, and Hu eras, most Chinese intellectuals and Party members believed that Mao, while far from reviled, belonged to a stage of China’s development that would not be revisited. In his new book, Jude Blanchette traces the reemergence of radical leftism among educated Chinese. What does the embrace of nationalism, authoritarianism, and Maoist nostalgia by young intellectuals portend as China’s power grows?

Event Recap: The Seventh Annual Nancy Bernkopf Tucker Memorial Lecture

The Seventh Annual Nancy Bernkopf Tucker Memorial Lecture on U.S.-East Asia Relations: Jack Downey, Sino-American Relations, and International Law – Lessons for Today

Dr. Nancy Bernkopf Tucker was a noted diplomatic historian, accomplished scholar, inspiring teacher, highly-regarded official and policy analyst, valued mentor, cherished friend, and loving and much loved wife of historian Warren I. Cohen. At the time of her death, she held a joint appointment in the department of history and the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

The South China Sea in Strategic Terms

In recent years, U.S. military planners have shifted their focus from counterterrorism, low intensity conflict to great power, high intensity threats.  The most likely single scenario for a major military engagement against a great power adversary would be one against China centered on the South China Sea.  There are certainly other situations involving other challenges, but this is the most plausible and dangerous.  Any such assertion must rest on an understanding that critical U.S.

The Normalization of Kim Jong Un – what Kim gains from visit to Russia

Just over a year ago, Kim Jong Un crossed the border into China on his armored train on his way to meet Xi Jinping in Beijing. It was the first time he had left North Korea since becoming leader, and his first meeting with another head of state.

Shifting Gears: Post-Hanoi, North Korea’s Kim Jong Un Turns Diplomatic Attention to Moscow

Next up on Kim Jong Un’s diplomatic checklist: Vladimir Putin.

The North Korean leader is expected to hold his first summit with the Russian president this week as he continues his campaign of international diplomacy.

The summit itself comes as no surprise. After all, Russia has long been a traditional, if largely absentee, ally of North; a Kim-Putin meeting was long overdue.

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