North Korea Publications

Kim Gu on Reunification and War, 1948

Jun 23, 2015
A recently unearthed conversation with veteran independence activist Kim Gu (Kim Koo) provides new details on how leaders in southern Korea saw North Korea in 1948 and their predictions about the likelihood of a war in Korea.

Arctic Policies of Japan, South Korea, and Singapore

May 02, 2015
Aki Tonami argues that Asian states, particularly Japan, South Korea, and Singapore, are mainly interested in the economic aspects of the Arctic, but will utilize their willingness to promote scientific cooperation for sustainable development in the region. The Arctic Council and other Arctic states should encourage intra-Asian cooperation on the Arctic and should attempt to settle historical and territorial grievances.

Russia's Policy in the Run-Up to the First North Korean Nuclear Crisis, 1991-1993

Feb 13, 2015
Sergey Radchenko draws on Soviet and Russian documents from 1991-1993 to argue that the first North Korean crisis began partly as a result of the policy choices of key regional players. Radchenko investigates Russia’s policy towards North Korea during this period, and how this policy may have inadvertently complicated the situation on the Korean Peninsula.

North Korea's American Allies

Jan 12, 2015
North Korea's public diplomacy was in full swing in the United States in the 1970s. Brandon Gauthier investigates North Korea's American allies inside of the so-called American-Korean Friendship and Information Center (AKFIC).

Japan’s Relations with the Korean Peninsula, 1975

Dec 02, 2014
Kyungwon Choi introduces four documents which were recently obtained from the Diplomatic Archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan on Japan’s relations with, and the regional dynamics surrounding, the Korean Peninsula in 1975.

Reaching Across the Pacific: Latin America and Asia in the New Century

Nov 30, 2014
This publication focuses on the rapidly expanding relations between Asian and Latin American countries, with chapters focusing on Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and the region at large.

North Korean Apprentices in China and the Nature of Socialist Exchanges in the 1950s

Sep 11, 2014
After 1953, China hosted thousands of North Koreans for industrial training programs and internships. Although the intention of hosting interns was to assist North Korea with its post-war economic reconstruction, newly translated Chinese documents reveal that the training programs were, at their core, really about politics.

More Friends than Foes: Sino-Japanese Relations in 1984

Mar 27, 2014
In 1984, China and Japan maintained a pragmatic and cooperative diplomatic partnership. Charles Kraus, Sergey Radchenko, and Yutaka Kanda assess this "honeymoon" period in Sino-Japanese relations through nineteen newly available Japanese documents, and comment on what it can tell us about the animosity between China and Japan today.

The 1967 Purge of the Gapsan Faction and Establishment of the Monolithic Ideological System

Dec 14, 2013
NKIDP e-Dossier no. 15, "The 1967 Purge of the Gapsan Faction and Establishment of the Monolithic Ideological System," draws on newly obtained and translated Romanian and East German documents to shed new light on the purge of the so-called Gapsan faction and establishment of the Monolithic Ideological System in 1967 by North Korean founding leader Kim Il Sung, events which continue to loom large over North Korea and suggest that the purge and execution of Jang Song Thaek should be analyzed primarily in the context of efforts to solidify the unitary leadership of Kim Jong Un.

The Carter Chill: US-ROK-DPRK Trilateral Relations, 1976-1979

Dec 05, 2013
A collection of archival documents on inter-Korean, US-ROK and DPRK-Communist bloc relations from 1976 through 1979, drawn from archives in the United States, South Korea, (East) Germany, Romania, Hungary, Australia, the United Kingdom, the former Yugoslavia, and the United Nations