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North Korea’s Lesson from Gaddafi

North Korea’s politics under Kim Jong-Un are even more of a black box than the case under his father, Kim Jong Il. However, it seems that North Korea's dependence on nuclear weapons as a deterrent was reinforced by witnessing the Libyan situation. Kim Jong-Un himself has noted that he has learned "a lesson from the Middle Eastern countries" in his development of North Korea’s nuclear program.

On NK, freeze can be layover to denuclearization

North Korea tested a fifth nuclear device in violation of the United Nations Security Council resolutions. Held on the sixty-eighth anniversary of the regime's founding, the test comes fresh on the heels of a series of ballistic missile tests on Monday as world powers gathered for a G20 meeting in China. North Korea advances its threat capabilities with each nuclear and ballistic missile test. It is time for an immediate re-assessment of ongoing efforts to eliminate the threat North Korea's weapons programs pose to the region.

"Korean Unification and Peace in Northeast Asia:" A Conversation with Former Republic of Korea Minister of Unification Dr. Kihljae Ryoo

North Korea shocked the world on September 9th with its fifth and largest nuclear test, in defiance of U.N. sanctions. North Korea’s flagrant disregard for the international community’s calls to abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile programs set the stage for a new round of heightened tensions on the divided Korean peninsula and raised tensions in the region and beyond. On Monday, September 19th, former Minister of Unification, Dr.

Sanctions Not Effective, Diplomatic Efforts Needed to Break Vicious Cycle

Deputy Director for the History and Public Policy Program and coordinator of the Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy James Person was interviewed by Yonhap News after a recent North Korean nuclear test. The original article can be viewed on Yonhap's website.

Workshop on the Cold War and the Two Koreas Event Summary

On April 19, 2016, the Wilson Center’s History and Public Policy Program and Kyungnam University celebrated their ten year partnership by convening a day-long workshop on “The Cold War and the Two Koreas.” Bringing together scholars from the U.S., South Korea, and Europe, the workshop showcased groundbreaking new research on the foreign policies and domestic politics of the two Koreas since 1945.

Sino-DPRK Relations and Kim Il Sung’s Militant Strategy, 1965-1967

NKIDP e-Dossier no. 20

Whose War Plan Was It? Sino-DPRK Relations and Kim Il Sung’s Militant Strategy, 1965-1967

by Balázs Szalontai
April 2016