Modern Korean History News


Ship of Miracles: Korea 1950

Jun 30, 2015
In December of 1950, the crew of the SS Meredith Victory performed what the Guinness Book of World Records refers to as “the greatest rescue operation ever by a single ship.” One of the last surviving members of the crew, Admiral J. Robert Lunney, recounts the unlikely and amazing journey that ended when 14,000 refugees, and 5 babies born during the voyage, safely arrived on the island of Koje Do.

Still Cozy After All These Years

Jun 25, 2015
"Sixty-five years after the Korean War, North Korea is more to Beijing than just a security buffer and an economic appendage of China’s insatiable economy. It is the battleground where China took on mighty America and wrestled it to a stalemate. Yes, at high cost, but according to the party, in the service of just causes: China’s greatness and the longevity of the CCP," write Masuda Hajimu and Sergey Radchenko.

2015 Summer Institute on Conducting Archival Research

Feb 18, 2015
The Wilson Center and the George Washington University seek applications from Ph.D. students from the US and abroad working on international relations and modern history for the 2015 Summer Institute on Conducting Archival Research (SICAR)
North Korean military officers watch a rally held at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea, to celebrate the launch of the Kwangmyongsong-3 satellite in this photo taken on Dec. 14, 2012. Photo by Jean H. Lee.

Jean H. Lee Joins the Wilson Center's NKIDP as a Public Policy Fellow

Jan 16, 2015
Veteran foreign correspondent Jean H. Lee has joined the Wilson Center's North Korea International Documentation Project as a public policy fellow.

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

Nov 14, 2014
On Friday, December 5, 2014, the 2014 IFES-WWICS Washington Forum on Korea features discussions on "Marketization, Social Change, and the Impact of the Korean Wave in North Korea", and another panel discussion on the topic "Reporting on North Korea: Challenges, Problems, and Pitfalls".

Declassified Documents on Korean Armistice Agreement Featured on the Digital Archive

Jul 25, 2014
NKIDP has released a collection of Russian, Chinese, and Polish documents on the armistice negotiations which span the nearly two-year period of talks (July 1951-July 1953). The documents shed new light on North Korean, Soviet, and Chinese strategic thinking toward the conflict and the armistice.

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

Feb 27, 2014
Documents obtained, translated, and disseminated by the Wilson Center’s North Korea International Documentation Project were quoted from and cited ten times in the United Nations report on human rights in North Korea, released in February 2014.

Summer 2014 Internship Opportunities with NKIDP

Jan 23, 2014
The North Korea International Documentation Project is currently accepting internship applications for Summer 2014. The application deadline is 15 March 2014.

NKIDP Coordinator James Person Publishes in National Interest

Jan 06, 2014
NKIDP Coordinator James Person published on "North Korea's Purges Past" in the National Interest

New South Korean Foreign Ministry Documents Added to Digital Archive

Dec 17, 2013
The North Korea International Documentation Project, in cooperation with Kyungnam University, has recently added nearly 30 documents from the South Korean Foreign Ministry Archive on US-ROK and inter-Korean relations and North Korean foreign policy in the 1970s to the Digital Archive.