South Korea

'Face-Saving,' Promises, and Propaganda: Jean H. Lee on the Inter-Korean Summit

This week’s summit in North Korea between Kim Jong Un and South Korea’s Moon Jae-in was packed with milestones and camera-ready moments, as the two leaders made another show of Korean unity in their third meeting this year.

Demographic Challenges in Asian Pensions

Paying for pensions is vital to the quality of life for future retirees in Asia.  It's also an issue of great political and economic importance to current and future policy makers in the region.  They are currently wrestling with the dual problems of growing population in the poorest of countries while more developed Asia powers face the quickly approaching reality of rapid aging and declining population. 

Declassified Documents Shed Light on Long, Complicated Negotiations over Korean Armistice Agreement

On 12 June, 2018, after months of trading threats and fiery rhetoric, US President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un of North Korea backed off from the precipice of war and held a historic summit in Singapore, the first high-level meeting between the leaders of the Korean War foes.

Internships with the Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy

The Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars seeks an intern each semester with an interest in, coursework related to, and/or experience working on South Korea and North Korea.

 

Deadlines:

Fall Internship Applications are due: COB (5PM EDT) on Aug. 17, 2018.

2018 Korea Foundation Junior Scholars’ Final Presentations


In this photo, Abraham Denmark, director of the Asia Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center, gives opening remarks for the 2018 Korea Foundation Junior Scholars’ Final Presentations at the Wilson Center. From L-R: Abraham Denmark, Jean Lee, Bo Kyung Kim, Minjeong Ko, Suna Jeong, Taekyoon Kim, Christian Ostermann, Gregg Brazinsky. (Photo credit: Sally Chung)

Next Steps with Pyongyang

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s latest trip to Pyongyang was a collision between the exaggerated claims made by President Trump following his summit meeting in Singapore with Kim Jong-un and the realities of diplomacy with North Korea.

Forget Defining Denuclearization: South Koreans are Pushing ahead with Reconciliation

In the month since the Singapore summit where U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made history with a handshake, much of the focus in Washington  remains fixed on the question, and definition, of the leaders’ pledge to carry out “the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.” Trump’s team is calling for the unilateral denuclearization of North Korea, while Kim’s negotiators insist that both sides must destroy their nuclear capabilities, not just North Korea.

Wilson Center and Institute for Peace and Unification Studies at Seoul National University Sign MOU

From L-R: Jean Lee, Michael Forster, Kyung Hoon Leem, Bumsoo Kim
From L-R: Jean Lee, Michael Forster, Kyung Hoon Leem, Bumsoo Kim (Photo by Minjeong Ko)

 

21 Newly Translated Soviet Documents on North Korea, 1968-1969

The North Korea International Documentation Project (NKIDP), a part of the Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program, has just published translations of 21 documents from the archives of the former Soviet Union. The records, which come from the Russian State Archive of Contemporary History (RGANI), deal with a number of subjects, including North Korean decision-making during the USS Pueblo and EC-121 crises, North Korea-China relations during the Sino-Soviet split and China's Cultural Revolution, the Kim Il Sung cult, and economic conditions inside of the DPRK.

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