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Save the Date: IFES-WWICS Washington Forum on Korea Friday December 5, 2014


The 2014 IFES-WWICS Washington Forum on Korea
Friday, December 5, 2014

11:45am - 1:00pm  Luncheon

1:15pm - 3:00pm  Marketization, Social Change, and the Impact of the Korean Wave in North Korea:

U.S.-Korea Relations in Public Diplomacy

Public opinion is playing an ever-increasing role in forging diplomatic ties, including relations between the United States and Korea. Public diplomacy between and within the two countries, and the role the media plays in shaping foreign policy will be assessed in a joint conference with Ewha Womans University and the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Two panel discussions, one on national images in different cultures and one on the role of the media in the U.S.-Korea alliance, will be held.

North Korean War Orphans in Transnational Educational Exchange

Photo courtesy of Edward Jędral

Contested Institution, Państwowy Ośrodek Wychowawczy* no. 2 (POW no.2):
The Identity Formation of North Korean War Orphans in Transnational Educational Exchange

Declassified Documents on Korean Armistice Agreement Featured on the Digital Archive

Sixty-one years ago this week, the 1950-53 Korean War ended in an armistice, with neither side legitimately able to claim outright victory. When the armistice was signed on 27 July 1953, talks had already dragged on for more than two years. Issues such as the line of demarcation were agreed upon early in the negotiations by military commanders from North Korea and China on one side, and the United States on the other. Yet, for over a year-and-a-half, talks became ensnared on the exchange of prisoners of war.

Critical Oral History

Critical Oral History Conference Series

HAPP Documents cited in UN Report on Human Rights in North Korea

Documents from the archives of North Korea’s former communist allies, obtained, translated, and disseminated by the Wilson Center's North Korea International Documentation Project (NKIDP), were quoted from and cited ten times in the United Nations report on human rights in North Korea, released in February 2014.

North Korea after Jang Sung Taek and the Outlook for Inter-Korean Relations

The purge and execution of Jang Sung Taek was caused by the combination of a struggle over economic interests and political power as well as shortcomings of the Military-first System. While it is too early to determine what the consequences of Jang’s execution are in terms of the political stability and future policy directions of the Kim Jong Un regime, this panel will explore some possibilities, particularly in terms of inter-Korean relations.

The panel features Jinwook Choi and Hazel Smith and James Person.

The Two Koreas and the Question of National Reunification, 1953-1960

The 1953 Korean War armistice resulted in an uneasy truce along a demilitarized zone not far from the 38th parallel, the imaginary line that separated the rival Korean states prior to the conflict. While bringing an end to large-scale military operations on the peninsula, both North and South Korean leaders continued to plan for national reunification under their own respective political system.

Summer 2014 Internship Opportunities with NKIDP

Application Deadline: 15 March 2014.

The North Korea International Documentation Project is currently accepting internship applications for Summer 2014.

NKIDP Coordinator James Person Publishes in National Interest

NKIDP Coordinator James Person recently published an essay in the National Interest titled "North Korea's Purges Past." In the article, Person provides historical context for understanding Kim Jong Un's purge and execution of Jang Song Thaek. He draws on archival materials produced by North Korea's former communist allies to review the purges of 1953, 1956, and 1967 and compares these episodes to the removal of Jang in 2013. Person concludes,