South Korea Publications
Contested Memories and Reconciliation Challenges: Japan and the Asia-Pacific on the 70th Anniversary of the End of World War IIJul 09, 2015
The eyes and ears of much of Asia will be on Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe when he delivers a speech in August 2015 to commemorate 70 years since the end of World War II. It will undoubtedly be the most scrutinized of Abe’s public addresses to date.
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.
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.
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 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).
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.
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.
As questions about U.S. commitment to its rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region remain, how Japan sees its own role in East Asia continues to evolve. The changing nature of Tokyo’s relations with Beijing and Seoul, and Japan’s internal debate about whether it should become a “normal” country with greater defense capabilities are among some key issues discussed in the Wilson Center’s latest publication.
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.
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