Diplomatic History

The South China Sea in Strategic Terms

In recent years, U.S. military planners have shifted their focus from counterterrorism, low intensity conflict to great power, high intensity threats.  The most likely single scenario for a major military engagement against a great power adversary would be one against China centered on the South China Sea.  There are certainly other situations involving other challenges, but this is the most plausible and dangerous.  Any such assertion must rest on an understanding that critical U.S.

The Origins of North Korea-Vietnam Solidarity: The Vietnam War and the DPRK

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NKIDP Working Paper #7

The Origins of North Korea-Vietnam Solidarity: The Vietnam War and the DPRK

Benjamin R. Young
February 2019

 

What History Tells Us about the Prospects for Brazil–U.S. Rapprochement under Bolsonaro

Hopes are running high for the United States and Brazil. There is the prospect of a personal rapport between the apparent kindred spirits now occupying the presidencies of both countries, Donald Trump and Jair Bolsonaro. There is the promise of policy alignment on issues like the location of their embassies in Israel and their economic attitudes towards China. And there is also a rare and widespread optimism — however cautious — among the international business and financial communities regarding the potential opening of Brazil’s historically closed economy.

The Chinese Communist Party’s Relationship with the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s: An Ideological Victory and a Strategic Failure

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CWIHP Working Paper 88

The Chinese Communist Party’s Relationship with the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s: An Ideological Victory and a Strategic Failure

 

Wang Chenyi

December 2018

 

Special Envoys, “Silos” and Coherent International Policy

Secretary of State Pompeo recently appointed four special envoys to help him manage high priority portfolios regarding Iran, Afghanistan, Syria, and North Korea.

Exhibition Opening: Czechs and Slovaks on Their Difficult Road to Peace and Independence

The Wilson Center is pleased to host an opening exhibition with the Embassy of the Czech Republic and the Embassy of the Slovak Republic commemorating the centennial anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia. 

World War I redrew the map of Europe, resulting in newly independent countries including Czechoslovakia. Delve into period photographs and newspaper clippings, accompanied by historical analysis, to deepen your understanding of the quest for independence, whether in politics or in combat, by the Czechs, Slovaks, and their supporters abroad.

A Misunderstood Friendship: Mao Zedong, Kim Il-Sung, and Sino-North Korean Relations, 1949-1976

Today, the People's Republic of China is North Korea's only ally on the world stage, a tightly knit relationship that goes back decades.

Missing—but not forgotten: What the return of Korean War remains means for the daughter of one American soldier

Donna Knox never met her father. She was born two months after he disappeared in North Korea in 1952 at age 26, a star collegiate hockey player for the University of Michigan who was the father of a young son and a daughter on the way.

Still, he loomed large in their lives as his wife and children waited for word on his whereabouts.

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.

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