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Donga Daily article covers release of NKIDP Critical Oral History Conference transcript

An article carried in Korea's Donga Daily highlights new findings from a recently published NKIDP book, Crisis and Confrontation on the Korean Peninsula: 1968-1969 from the History and Public Policy Program Critical Oral History Conference Series. The article includes the new detail that the North Korean commando unit that attacked the South Korean presidential compound on 21 January 1968 also initially planned to besiege the U.S. Embassy in Seoul.

New NKIDP publication: "<i>Crisis and Confrontation on the Korean Peninsula, 1968-1969: A Critical Oral History</i>"

NKIDP is pleased to announce its latest publication entitled, Crisis and Confrontation on the Korean Peninsula: 1968-1969, from the History and Public Policy Program's Critical Oral History Conference Book Series.

The book contains the transcript of a critical oral history conference which explored the origins of North Korea's military adventurism in the late 1960s, and features the testimony of veteran South Korean, U.S., and East German diplomatic and intelligence officials directly involved in Korea policy during the turbulent period.

2008 Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture Recipient Eleonora Cercavschi Honored with the Highest Moldovan Distinction - Order of the Republic

Mrs. Eleonora Cercavschi, recipient of the 2008 Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture Award, was honored with the Order of the Republic (Ordinul Republicii) - the highest Moldovan distinction presented by the country's President.

Realism, Tolerance, and Liberalism in the Czech National Awakening: Legacies of the Bohemian Reformation

Realism, Tolerance, and Liberalism in the Czech National Awakening reevaluates the formation of modern Czech intellectual and political culture. In this meticulous intellectual history, Zdeněk V. David traces the roots of the eighteenth-century Czech National Awakening, not to the Counter Reformation but to the Utraquist church (often called “Hussite”), which arose in pre-Protestant Bohemia. Utraquist ideas advancing realism, liberalism, and tolerance were, he shows, rediscovered, republished, and rearticulated by the Awakeners.

All the Tsar's Men: Russia's General Staff and the Fate of the Empire, 1898-1914

All the Tsar’s Men examines how institutional reforms designed to prepare the Imperial Russian Army for the modern battlefield failed to prevent devastating defeats in both the 1905 Russo-Japanese War and World War I. John W. Steinberg argues that the General Staff officers who devised new educational and doctrinal reforms had the experience, dedication, and leadership skills to defend the empire in the new age of warfare but were continually impeded by institutionalized inefficiency and rigid control from their superiors.

The 2009 Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture Democracy: Traps and Question Marks by Adam Michnik Featured in International Media

Adam Michnik, Editor-in-Chief of Poland's daily newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza and recipient of the 2009 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award, was featured in a number of distinguished press publications. Michnik's speech Democracy: Traps and Question Marks marked the 5th annual Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture, which took place at the Wilson Center on December 3, 2009. His address was preceded by a brief introduction by The Honorable Zbigniew Brzezinski, former National Security Advisor to President Carter.

Press Coverage:

IRDL Awardee Adam Michnik Featured by Foreign Policy Magazine

Comments made by 2009 Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture Awardee Adam Michnik during a Wilson Center-hosted media briefing were featured in Foreign Policy magazine's Passport blog.

2009 Elliott School Youth Democracy Forum with Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture Awardee Adam Michnik

The 2009 Elliot School Youth Democracy Forum with Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture Awardee Adam Michnik will take place on 4 December 2009 from 10:00am - 12 noon at the George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs, 1957 E Street NW, Washington, DC.

For more information, visit the Elliott School's Events Calendar.

The Fifth Annual Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture

Adam Michnik, a political activist and retired member of Poland's first democratic parliament, will be presented the 2009 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award on Thursday, December 3, and will deliver the 2009 Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. He will be introduced by Zbigniew Brzezinski, former National Security Adviser to President Jimmy Carter, 1977-1981.

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