About the North Korea International Documentation Project

The North Korea International Documentation Project (NKIDP) is part of the History and Public Policy Program (HAPP) and serves as an informational clearinghouse on North Korea for both the scholarly and policymaking communities by widely disseminating newly declassified documents on the DPRK from its former communist allies as well as other resources that provide valuable insight into the actions and nature of the North Korean state. more 


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The Latest from the North Korea International Documentation Project

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

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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. more

2016 Korea Foundation Junior Scholars Program

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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. more

Contested Memories and Reconciliation Challenges: Japan and the Asia Pacific on the 70th Anniversary of the End of the Second World War

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March 18, 2015 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Seventy years after the end of World War II, unfinished postwar reconciliation continue to haunt relations between Asian nations. Japan finds itself at the heart of the regional politics, and its reflections, attitude and remarks toward this part of history still arouse a strong public sentiment particularly in China and Korea. Read the summary and policy recommendations here! more

2015 Summer Institute on Conducting Archival Research

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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) more

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

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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. more

Experts & Staff

  • 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
  • Charles Kraus // Program Associate
  • Roy O. Kim // Program Assistant
  • Jean H. Lee // Public Policy Fellow