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Donga Daily Carries Profile of NKIDP Coordinator James Person

Jun 03, 2013
Donga Daily recently carried a profile of NKIDP Coordinator James Person, highlighting Person's research on the origins and evolution of North Korea’s Juche ideology as well as the recent work of NKIDP.

Venona Project and Vassiliev Notebooks Index and Concordance

May 31, 2013
This index and concordance indexes twenty-one volumes of KGB archival material: nine notebooks written by Alexander Vassiliev and twelve compilations of the Soviet international telegraphic cables deciphered by the U.S. National Security Agency’s Venona project.

NKIDP Senior Adviser Mitchell Lerner Publishes on Sino-North Korean Relations in The Diplomat

May 31, 2013
NKIDP Senior Adviser Mitchell Lerner writes in The Diplomat that policymakers need to "recognize that China’s influence on Pyongyang is much more limited than conventional wisdom holds."

The Woodrow Wilson Center Announces 2013 – 2014 Fellowship Class

May 30, 2013
Jane Harman, director, president & CEO of the Wilson Center, is pleased to announce the members of the 2013-2014 fellowship class. The 21 fellows, most of whom are expected to start September 2013, include scholars and practitioners from the United States, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, the Netherlands, and New Zealand.

Rediscovering the Umma

May 10, 2013
Ina Merdjanova, former Southeast Europe policy scholar, releases her latest monograph Rediscovering the Umma. "Ina Merdjanova discusses the conditions and role of Islam in relation to post-Ottoman nation-building, the communist period, and post-communist developments in the Balkans, focusing in particular on the remarkable transformations experienced by Muslim communities after the end of the Cold War. Amidst multiple structural and cultural transitions, they sought to renegotiate their place and reclaim their Islamic identities in formally secular legal and normative environments, mostly as minorities in majority-Christian societies." (Oxford University Press)

Fall 2013 CWIHP Internship Opportunities

May 08, 2013
The Wilson Center's Cold War International History Project (CWIHP) is currently accepting internship applications for the Fall 2013 academic semester.

The Logic and Limits of Political Reform in China

May 07, 2013
In the 1990s China embarked on a series of political reforms intended to increase, however modestly, political participation to reduce the abuse of power by local officials. Although there was initial progress, these reforms have largely stalled and, in many cases, gone backward. If there were sufficient incentives to inaugurate reform, why wasn't there enough momentum to continue and deepen them? This book approaches this question by looking at a number of promising reforms, understanding the incentives of officials at different levels, and the way the Chinese Communist Party operates at the local level. The short answer is that the sort of reforms necessary to make local officials more responsible to the citizens they govern cut too deeply into the organizational structure of the party.

East European Studies Short-term Research Scholarships

May 02, 2013
The Wilson Center's European Studies Program is now accepting applications for the EES Short-term Grant competition, which is open to academic experts and practitioners, including advanced graduate students, engaged in specialized research requiring access to Washington, DC and its research institutions. Grants are for one month and include residence at the Wilson Center. Candidates must be U.S. citizens, in order to be considered eligible for this grant opportunity. The deadline for this grant cycle is: June 1, 2013.

Digital Archive Featured as Educational Resource

May 01, 2013
The Wilson Center's new Digital Archive of declassified documents is being featured as an educational resource around the web.

Serbia and Kosovo: A European Success Story?

Apr 29, 2013
Frances Trix, Wilson Center fellow and professor of linguistics and anthropology at Indiana University, discusses the history, principles and implementation of the Agreement Governing the Principles of Normalization of Relations Between Kosovo and Serbia, signed in Brussels on April 19, 213. Trix's analysis of the Agreement was first published in a guest column for Informed Comment.

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