About the North Korea International Documentation Project

The North Korea International Documentation Project (NKIDP) is part of the History and Public Policy Program (HAPP) and serves as an informational clearinghouse on North Korea for both the scholarly and policymaking communities by widely disseminating newly declassified documents on the DPRK from its former communist allies as well as other resources that provide valuable insight into the actions and nature of the North Korean state. more 


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The Latest from the North Korea International Documentation Project

2015 Summer Institute on Conducting Archival Research

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Feb 18, 2015
The Wilson Center and the George Washington University seek applications from Ph.D. students from the US and abroad working on international relations and modern history for the 2015 Summer Institute on Conducting Archival Research (SICAR) more

Russia's Policy in the Run-Up to the First North Korean Nuclear Crisis, 1991-1993

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Feb 13, 2015
Sergey Radchenko draws on Soviet and Russian documents from 1991-1993 to argue that the first North Korean crisis began partly as a result of the policy choices of key regional players. Radchenko investigates Russia’s policy towards North Korea during this period, and how this policy may have inadvertently complicated the situation on the Korean Peninsula. more

The Struggle for Order: Hegemony, Hierarchy and Transition in Post-Cold War East Asia

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February 23, 2015 // 2:00pm3:30pm
It is often understood that contemporary politics in the region is marked by balance of power activity that precedes an inevitable power transition when China’s power “catches up” with that of the United States. In The Struggle for Order: Hegemony, Hierarchy and Transition in Post-Cold War East Asia, however, Australian National University’s Evelyn Goh argues that U.S. hegemony has been consolidated in East Asia in spite of China’s rise, because of the crucial support of other regional states which prefer a U.S.-led order. more
North Korean military officers watch a rally held at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea, to celebrate the launch of the Kwangmyongsong-3 satellite in this photo taken on Dec. 14, 2012. Photo by Jean H. Lee.

Jean H. Lee Joins the Wilson Center's NKIDP as a Public Policy Fellow

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Jan 16, 2015
Veteran foreign correspondent Jean H. Lee has joined the Wilson Center's North Korea International Documentation Project as a public policy fellow. more

North Korea's American Allies

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Jan 12, 2015
North Korea's public diplomacy was in full swing in the United States in the 1970s. Brandon Gauthier investigates North Korea's American allies inside of the so-called American-Korean Friendship and Information Center (AKFIC). 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
  • Charles Kraus // Program Assistant
  • Roy O. Kim // Program Assistant
  • Jean H. Lee // Public Policy Fellow