NKIDP e-Dossier No. 4, "The Rise of Kim Jong Il - Evidence from East German Archives," was released in the wake of Kim Jong Il's death and features four East German documents which reveal that the late North Korean leader had been groomed from as early as 1974 to take over the helm of the North Korean state.
The piece highlights how the misinterpretation of Kim Jong Il's trip to China originates from over exaggerated notions of Chinese leverage over the DPRK among experts in the US.
The workshop Interkit aims to shed new light on the mechanisms of cooperation and conflicts within the socialist world, and to answer the question: how differences in political and cultural traditions and geopolitical locations interacted under the influence of the Soviet Union.
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."
Visiting Scholar Kihl-jae Ryoo, who teaches North Korean studies at a university in South Korea, discusses the evolution of North Korea's political system and why studying its history is so important.
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