NKIDP Critical Oral History Conference Series

Launched in 2008, the multi-year Critical Oral History Conference (COHC) Series is designed to fill the gaps in the available documentary record and add greater nuance to even well-understood events. The conferences, which involve veteran diplomatic and intelligence officials from the United States, South Korea, China, and the former communist bloc, seek to explore the untapped wealth of non-archival sources to add nuance into the histories of inter-Korean, U.S.-Korean, and DPRK-communist bloc relations.

Issues in this Series

The Rise and Fall of Détente on the Korean Peninsula, 1970-1974

Christian F. Ostermann and James Person
"The Rise and Fall of Détente on the Korean Peninsula, 1970-1974" features the transcript of the second in a series of critical oral history conferences jointly convened by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ North Korea International Documentation Project and the University of North Korean Studies and a selection of primary source documents.

Crisis and Confrontation on the Korean Peninsula, 1968-1969

Christian F. Ostermann and James Person
"Crisis and Confrontation on the Korean Peninsula, 1968-19694" features the transcript of the first in a series of critical oral history conferences jointly convened by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ North Korea International Documentation Project and the University of North Korean Studies and a selection of primary source documents.

Upcoming Events

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