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Dag Hammarskjold, His Critics, and the United Nations in 1956

Dag Hammarskjold was more controversial as UN Secretary-General in his own time than the afterglow of later decades might suggest. At the time of the Suez crisis in 1956, his critics denounced him as pro-Egyptian while David Ben-Gurion of Israel proclaimed that he was “our number one enemy after Russia.” Hammarskjold not only helped to resolve the Suez crisis but also set in place the UN Emergency Force, which became the conceptual centerpiece for all future UN peacekeeping operations.

"Rogue States" and the United States: A Historical Perspective

The term “rogue states” entered the U.S. foreign policy lexicon after the Cold War to designate regimes that employed terrorism as an instrument of state policy and attempted to acquire weapons of mass destruction in pursuit of policy goals. Named to the core group were Iraq, Libya, Iran, and North Korea. Iraq and Libya have since experienced U.S.-directed or U.S.-assisted regime change. What are the implications for the ongoing challenges to international order and American security posed by Iran and North Korea?

Off-site Event: Report on a Visit to North Korea

The North Korea International Documentation Project in collaboration with the Weatherhead East Asian Institute presents "Report on a Visit to North Korea" with Charles Armstrong, Director, Center for Korean Research, Columbia University; Abraham Kim, Vice President, Korea Economic Institute; and James Person, Program Associate, North Korea International Documentation Project, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

NKIDP intern Charles Kraus is published in the Journal of Cold War Studies

NKIDP is pleased to announce that an article by NKIDP intern Charles Kraus has been published in the latest issue of the Journal of Cold War Studies, (Volume 13, Number 3, Summer 2011, pp. 27-51). Utilizing recently declassified documents from the Chinese Foreign Ministry Archive, Bonds of Brotherhood explores bilateral relations between China and North Korea during the Korean War.

Human Rights Activism and the End of the Cold War: A Transnational History of the Helsinki Network

Two of the most pressing questions facing international historians today are how and why the Cold War ended. In Human Rights Activism and the End of the Cold War, Sarah B. Snyder explores how, in the aftermath of the signing of the Helsinki Final Act in 1975, a transnational network of activists committed to human rights in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe made the topic a central element in East-West diplomacy.