Critical Oral History

Critical Oral History Conference Series

Launched in 2008, the multi-year Critical Oral History Conference (COHC) Series is designed to fill the gaps in the available documentary record and add greater nuance to even well-understood events in modern and contemporary Korean history. Carried out by the Center in cooperation with the University of North Korean Studies (UNKS), Seoul, the conferences involve veteran diplomatic and intelligence officials from the United States, South Korea, China, and the former communist bloc, and seek to explore the untapped wealth of non-archival sources to add nuance into the histories of inter-Korean, U.S.-Korean, and DPRK-communist bloc relations.

NKIDP Critical Oral History Conference Series Transcripts

 The Rise and Fall of Détente on the Korean Peninsula, 1970-1974
 "The Rise and Fall of Détente on the Korean Peninsula, 1970-1974" features the transcript of the second in a series of critical oral history conferences jointly convened by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ North Korea International Documentation Project and the University of North Korean Studies and a selection of primary source documents.

 Crisis and Confrontation on the Korean Peninsula, 1968-1969
 "Crisis and Confrontation on the Korean Peninsula, 1968-19694" features the transcript of the first in a series of critical oral history conferences jointly convened by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ North Korea International Documentation Project and the University of North Korean Studies and a selection of primary source documents.

NKIDP Critical Oral History Conference Briefing Books

NKIDP Briefing Books are compilations of documents from U.S., South Korea, North Korean, and former communist bloc archives and are assembled for Critical Oral History Conferences.

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

 

 After Detente: The Korean Peninsula, 1973-1976
A collection of archival documents on inter-Korean, US-ROK and DPRK-Communist bloc relations from 1973 to 1976 compiled in preparation for the 31 October - 1 November 2011 conference "After Detente: The Korean Peninsula, 1973-1976."

 

 The Rise and Fall of the Detente on the Korean Peninsula: 1970-1974
A collection of archival documents on inter-Korean, US-ROK and DPRK-Communist bloc relations from 1970 to 1974 compiled in preparation for the 1-2 July 2010 conference "The Rise and Fall of the Detente on the Korean Peninsula: 1970-1974."

 

 Crisis and Confrontation on the Korean Peninsula: 1968-1969
A collection of declassified archival documents on US-ROK-DPRK relations from 1968-1969 compiled in preparation for the 8-9 September 2008 international conference "Crisis and Confrontation on the Korean Peninsula: 1968-1969"

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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 Assistant
  • Roy O. Kim // Program Assistant