Based on newly declassified East German, Romanian, and Bulgarian archival documents, Schaefer sheds light on the North Korean policy-making process during the brief period of inter-Korean détente in the early 1970s.
The collection brings together minutes of conversations between North Korean leaders and Romanian officials with daily communications from the Romanian embassy in Pyongyang between the critical period 1966-1968.
on the value of the recent Wikileaks release of confidential embassy cables for our understanding of North Korea.
The articles highlight the East German attitudes towards Kim Jong Il's succession in the early 1970s, drawing a parallel between the events some 36 years ago with the current question of Kim Jong Un's succession.
Person provided details of prisoner exchanges during the war and of efforts to secure an armistice.
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 article covered the Wilson Center Asia Program event "Knowing the North: Intelligence and Intentions of the DPRK" from September 8, 2010.
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