Modern Korean History

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

China – North Korea Relations: The Perspective From Pyongyang

Recently, we presented a discussion of China-North Korea relations with the help of Kissinger Institute Director, Robert Daly. In this episode of Wilson Center NOW, we shift gears and examine the relationship from the perspective of Pyongyang with an assist from James Person, coordinator of the North Korea International Documentation Project.


New Tension: Understanding the China-North Korea Relationship

Recent moves by North Korea have created a spike in tensions and have led to calls for China to exert its influence on Pyongyang. But is that a realistic request? What is the nature of the relationship between China and North Korea? And does China really have significant influence on the actions of the government of Kim Jong-un? Those questions and more are addressed in this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.


Internships with the Cold War International History Project

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Northeast Asian Dynamism and the U.S.-R.O.K. Alliance: Past, Present, Future

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars & the East Asia Foundation

Seeking Historical Reconciliation: The U.S. Role in Fostering Relations Between Japan and South Korea

Democratic ideals and cultural exchanges among nations have been seen as effective tools to encourage reconciliation between former adversaries. But that seemingly has not been the case in relations between Japan and South Korea, even if democratic values are shared. Wilson Center Fellow and Waseda University professor Toyomi Asano notes that it is important to share memories of the United States-led process of decolonization after the Japanese Empire’s defeat.

Contested Memories and Reconciliation Challenges: Japan and the Asia-Pacific on the 70th Anniversary of the End of World War II

The eyes and ears of much of Asia will be on Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe when he delivers a speech in August 2015 to commemorate 70 years since the end of World War II. It will undoubtedly be the most scrutinized of Abe’s public addresses to date, a fact that has not escaped the Prime Minister’s Office as experts have been assembled months in advance to advise him on the broader strategy and the appropriate wording for the occasion.