NKIDP Working Papers

The NKIDP Working Paper Series is designed to provide a speedy outlet for historians who have gained access to newly-available archives and sources and would like to share their results. The NKIDP Working Paper Series is edited by Christian F. Ostermann and James F. Person, and is supported generously by the Korea Foundation and private donations from individuals and corporations.

Issues in this Series

China and the Post-War Reconstruction of North Korea, 1953-1961

Shen Zhihua and Yafeng Xia
NKIDP Working Paper #4, “China and the Post-War Reconstruction of North Korea, 1953-1961,” written by Zhihua Shen and Yafeng Xia, is the first paper in English to systematically assess the extent and significance of Chinese assistance to North Korea after the Korean War.

"Mostly Propaganda in Nature:" Kim Il Sung, the Juche Ideology, and the Second Korean War

Mitchell Lerner
NKIDP Working Paper #3, “’Mostly Propaganda in Nature:’ Kim Il Sung, the Juche Ideology, and the Second Korean War,” written by Mitchell Lerner, chronicles the events of the “Second Korean War” and explores the internal circumstances and foreign policy of North Korea during this critical period.

Overconfidence Shattered: North Korean Unification Policy, 1971-1975

Bernd Schaefer
NKIDP Working Paper #2, “Overconfidence Shattered: North Korean Unification Policy, 1971-1975,” written by Bernd Schaefer, analyzes North Korea’s unification policy during the early 1970s, a period, as Schaefer argues, when North Korea held its last best chance to unify the Korean peninsula under its own auspices.

Juche and North Korea’s Global Aspirations

Charles K. Armstrong
NKIDP Working Paper #1, “Juche and North Korea’s Global Aspirations,” written by Charles K. Armstrong, follows North Korea’s expansion of diplomatic and economic ties both within and outside of the socialist bloc from the late 1960s into the early 1980s.