Modern Korean History

U.S.-China Competition and Implications for the Korean Peninsula

On September 13, 2018 Asia Program Director Abraham M. Denmark spoke at the Seoul Defense Dialogue 2018 for Plenary Session II: Strategic Balance in Northeast Asia: Cooperation and Confidence Building.  Below are his prepared remarks.


US-China Competition and Implications for the Korean Peninsula

North Korea and the Stasi Archives

East German Stasi files from the 1980s paint a contradictory picture of ideological discord and solidarity, while also revealing North Korea’s reactions to a rapidly changing world

When looking over the existing research on North Korean history, one will discover a relatively low number of studies dealing with the 1980s, especially in the Western literature.

Lasting Peace? - Prospects for Peace on the Korean Peninsula and the State of the ROK-U.S. Alliance 65 Years After the Armistice Agreement

Date / Time: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 09:00
Venue: The Asan Institute for Policy Studies (1F, Main Auditorium) in Seoul, South Korea

Delegation From Ruling Democratic Party of South Korea Visits the Wilson Center

On October 1, 2018, a delegation from the ruling Democratic Party of South Korea visited the Wilson Center for a private roundtable discussion on the recent progress in inter-Korean talks, North Korea’s denuclearization, and U.S.-DPRK relations.

A Misunderstood Friendship: Mao Zedong, Kim Il-Sung, and Sino-North Korean Relations, 1949-1976

Today, the People's Republic of China is North Korea's only ally on the world stage, a tightly knit relationship that goes back decades.

North Korea and Grenada: Unlikely Allies United by Anti-Imperialism, 1979-1983

During the Cold War era, North Korean leader Kim Il Sung saw the world as divided between small and big countries. According to Kim, the big countries, especially the United States, used the small countries in an exploitative fashion and engaged in ruthless imperialism.

‘Farewell Reunions’: Time is running out for Korea’s divided families

For the first time in three years, family reunions were held again in August at North Korea’s Mount Kumgang resort just across the border, granting some 90 selected families from South Korea and North Korea to meet long-lost kin.

Event Recap: Chinese Expansion and the South China Sea: Beijing’s Strategic Ambition and the Asian Order

China’s ambitions to become Asia’s undisputed regional hegemon is evident in the South China Sea, as Beijing creates military bases along remote reefs and islands in a 1.5-million-square mile expanse. Humphrey Hawksley, the author of Asian Waters: The Struggle Over the South China Sea and Strategy of Chinese Expansion, Los Angeles Times Deputy Washington Bureau Chief Bob Drogin, and former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asia James Clad, spoke at the Wilson Center to discuss the rivalry between China and the United States, and the dilemma facing countries in the region.

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