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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.

Wilson Center Announces New Center for Korean History and Public Policy

Jun 12, 2015
The Woodrow Wilson Center announces the establishment of a new Hyundai Motor–Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy. The Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy will provide a coherent, long-term platform for improving historical understanding of Korea and framing the public policy debate on the Korean Peninsula in the United States and beyond.

2015 Summer Institute on Conducting Archival Research Recap

Jun 08, 2015
From May 26 through May 29, 2015, the Wilson Center’s History and Public Policy Program convened the 2015 Summer Institute on Conducting Archival Research (SICAR). Organized in cooperation with The George Washington University, SICAR provided training to 25 up-and-coming historians, political scientists, and international relations specialists in the theory and practice of archival research.

Chinese Foreign Policy Database

May 14, 2015
The Wilson Center’s History and Public Policy Program unveiled the Chinese Foreign Policy Database, an online resource containing nearly 1,500 declassified documents on the international relations of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) since 1949. The freely-accessible database fills the critical need for sources and reliable information relating to China’s foreign policies.

CfP: Northeast Asia during the Cold War: Security and Development, September 2015

Apr 15, 2015
Papers are now being solicited for "Northeast Asia during the Cold War: Security and Development," a conference to be held at Northeast Normal University, Changchun, China, in September 2015.

2016 Korea Foundation Junior Scholars Program

Apr 02, 2015
The Korea Foundation (Seoul) is now accepting applications for the 2016 Korea Foundation Junior Scholars program. The program offers the next-generation talents of Korea a chance to gain real-life work experiences at the world's leading research-policy institutes, including the Wilson Center.

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".

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  • Christian F. Ostermann // Director, History and Public Policy Program; Global Europe; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
  • James Person // Deputy Director, History and Public Policy Program; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project