2014 IFES-WWICS Washington Forum on Korea

The Woodrow Wilson Center has partnered with the Institute for Far Eastern (IFES), Kyungnam University, to convene the IFES-WWICS Washington Forum on Korea, an annual gathering designed to give a broader historical perspective to policy discussions on Korea in the United States. read more

About the History and Public Policy Program

The Latest from the History and Public Policy Program

Modern Times in North Korea: Scenes from its Founding Years, 1945-1950

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December 15, 2014 // 4:00pm5:30pm
North Korea is often portrayed in mainstream media as a backward place, a Stalinist relic without a history worth knowing. But during its founding years (1945-1950), North Korea experienced a radical social revolution when everyday life became the primary site of political struggle, including quite deliberately a feminist agenda. With historical comparisons to revolutions in the early 20th century, Suzy Kim introduces her recent book through rarely seen archival photos, situating the North Korean revolution within the broader history of modernity. more

Human Rights Before Carter

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December 08, 2014 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Underlying much of the writing on United States foreign relations is the conviction that human rights were of limited consequence in policymaking during the 1960s and the early 1970s. Snyder's current research, however, shows that efforts to emphasize human rights began in the 1960s, driven by nonstate and lower-level actors and facilitating the issue’s later prominence due to the development of the networks and tactics critical to greater institutionalization of human rights in these years. more

Waking from the Dream: the Struggle for Civil Rights in the Shadow of Martin Luther King

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December 01, 2014 // 2:28pm5:30pm
Exaggerated accounts of urban violence after Martin Luther King’s assassination, David Chappell will argue, have long obscured national reactions of far greater significance. Most important was the Civil Rights Act of 1968, which had been hopelessly stalled in Congress since 1966. more

Hope Denied: The US Defeat of the 1965 Revolt in the Dominican Republic

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Nov 20, 2014
In CWIHP Working Paper No. 72, Piero Gleijeses explores the US military intervention in the Dominican Republic in April, 1965. Using recently-declassified US sources, this paper asks, was there a real danger of a communist takeover had the US not invaded? How democratic were the June 1966 elections, and did Washington force the terms of a provisional government on the besieged rebels? more

U.S.-Korea Relations in Public Diplomacy

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November 18, 2014 // 10:00am11:30am
Public opinion is playing an ever-increasing role in forging diplomatic ties, including relations between the United States and Korea. Public diplomacy between and within the two countries, and the role the media plays in shaping foreign policy will be assessed in a joint conference with Ewha Womans University and the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 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
  • Pieter Biersteker // Editorial Assistant
  • Laura Deal // Catalog Specialist
  • Charles Kraus // Program Assistant
  • Evan Pikulski // Program Assistant
  • Roy O. Kim // Program Assistant