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North Korea's Brinkmanship in Historical Perspective

The North Korea International Document Project (NKIDP) is pleased to announce the release of a newly assembled collection of documents on the history of North Korean adventurism since 1968. The collection, North Korean Military Adventurism, is now available on the Wilson Center Digital Archive.

Extensive Collection of Declassified Materials Now Accessible, Searchable in New Digital Archive

WASHINGTON — The Wilson Center today launched a new Digital Archive of declassified official documents from nearly 100 different archives in dozens of different countries that provide fresh, unprecedented insights into the history of international relations and diplomacy.

The Untold War & After Chavez

On this episode of Dialogue at the Wilson Center  our guest is Nancy Sherman, Distinguished University Professor in Philosophy at Georgetown . She previously served as Distinguished Chair in Ethics at the U.S. Naval Academy and was a fellow at the Wilson Center.  Professor Sherman discusses her latest book, The Untold War: Inside the Hearts, Minds, and Souls of our Soldiers, which explores the psychological and moral burdens borne by those in the U.S.

Stalin’s Decision for War in Korea

At the end of the 1940s, when the Soviet Union was devoting its energies to reconstruction after the devastation of World War II and establishing control over new client states in Eastern Europe, Joseph Stalin was forced to negotiate a new treaty of alliance with the victorious Chinese Communists. Mao Zedong won significant concessions from Stalin. The Soviet dictator was compelled to alter completely his policy for Korea. Sam Wells will discuss this neglected aspect of the Cold War era.

Celebrating the Legacy of Daniel Patrick Moynihan: The Launch of "Moynihan's Moment," a New Book by Gil Troy

On November 10, 1975, the General Assembly of United Nations passed Resolution 3379, which declared Zionism a form of racism. Afterward, a tall man with long, graying hair, horned-rim glasses, and a bowtie stood to speak. He pronounced his words with the rounded tones of a Harvard academic, but his voice shook with outrage: "The United States rises to declare, before the General Assembly of the United Nations, and before the world, that it does not acknowledge, it will not abide by, it will never acquiesce in this infamous act."

Nuclear Proliferation History: New Evidence, Analysis & Policy Insights

Today’s nuclear policy challenges have deep roots in the past. Hence, international history of nuclear weapons proliferation does have the potential to play a role in aiding policy-making. Towards this goal, following the invitation of the Center for Security Studies (CSS) at ETH Zurich, NPIHP partners, experts and policy people from all around the world traveled to Vienna, Austria, on February 1, 2013, for a one-day workshop.

NKIDP welcomes Public Policy Scholar Seuk Ryule Hong

NKIDP is pleased to welcome Seuk Ryule Hong to the Wilson Center as a Public Policy Scholar. Hong will be in residence through August 2013, researching United States-North Korea relations during the Cold War.

Stalin’s Curse: Battling for Communism in War and Cold War

A chilling, skillfully delineated account based on newly released Russian documentation that reveals Stalin's true motives--and the extent of his enduring commitment to expanding the Soviet empire--during the years in which he seemingly collaborated with Roosevelt, Churchill, and the capitalist West.

International Conference: The Historical Dimensions of South Africa's Nuclear Weapons Program

NPIHP is pleased to announce the international conference The Historical Dimensions of South Africa's Nuclear Weapons Program, organized and hosted by Monash South Africa, in collaboration with the Institute for Security Studies, (ISS Africa) and NPIHP.

Held in Pretoria, South Africa, from 9-11 December 2012, this landmark conference explored nearly every aspect of South Africa's nuclear development from the post-war era to the recent past.