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Book Launch | King of Spies: The Dark Reign of America’s Spymaster in Korea

The Woodrow Wilson Center’s History and Public Policy Program welcomes New York Times bestselling author Blaine Harden for a book launch discussion of King of Spies, The Dark Reign of America’s Spymaster in Korea, an untold story of one of the most powerful spies in American history, who’s hidden work was key to U.S.

Remembering Truman in South Korea

By ignoring the deeds of Truman and his administration, Koreans deprive themselves of a valid understanding of their own history, says Michael Devine.

The impact of the Korean War left a profound mark on the national characters of the two Koreas. How North and South Korea address their histories reflects each society’s concern for legitimacy, national identity, and sense of place among neighboring countries.

Korea in the Bulgarian Archives, 1945-1995: An Introduction

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NKIDP Working Paper #5

Korea in the Bulgarian Archives: An Introduction

Jordan Baev and Soyoung Kim
September 2017

The Return of Moscow in Pyongyang?

Despite a shared border, Russia has struggled to support North Korea

North Korea, the Smuggler State

If the international community really wants to halt the North Korean nuclear program, it may need to catch more than a few boats.

Fall 2017 Internship: Mapping North Korea’s Nuclear Program

This position has been filled for the fall and we are no longer accepting applications.

Is Beijing Bound to Defend North Korea during War?

According to Global Fellow Chen Jian, the Sino-DPRK treaty does not obligate China to support North Korea if Pyongyang were to attack the US.

The “Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance between the People’s Republic and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea” of 1961 was drafted in a hurry. 

Although there had been general discussions between the Chinese and North Koreans concerning a potential treaty of alliance prior to mid-1961, no substantial negotiations or progress had been made.

NKIDP Visited by North-South Korean Students

NKIDP Visited by North-South Korean Students

Woodrow Wilson Center

July 17, 2017

Regime Change in North Korea: Be Careful What You Wish For

Is the Trump administration seriously contemplating changing the regime in North Korea? Frankly, the signals are mixed.

“We do not want to overthrow him”: Beijing, Moscow, and Kim Il Sung, 1956

A new tranche of Soviet documents on the attempted removal of North Korea’s founding leader

With the growing threat of North Korea’s nuclear program, and the regime’s exasperating behavior on the international stage, it is not uncommon to hear the talk of replacing Kim Jong-un with someone more pliable—whether by a decapitating military strike or a commando-style assassination.