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Charles Kraus

Program Assistant
History and Public Policy Program

Contact Information:
T 202-691-4310 // F 202-691-4001
Expertise:
Asia
;
China Mainland
;
Japan
;
North Korea
;
South Korea
;
Southeast Asia
;
Taiwan

Charles Kraus is a Program Assistant with the Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program, working with its Cold War International History Project (CWIHP) and North Korea International Documentation Project (NKIDP). Kraus coordinates research, publications, conferences, grants, and other activities related to Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Southeast Asian history.

Kraus' research largely focuses on domestic and foreign policies in China’s border regions after 1945, and explores themes such as migration, ethnicity, central-local relations, and the Cold War. His publications have appeared in a number of peer reviewed journals, magazines, and web platforms. Kraus has presented at conferences across North America, and in 2013 he was awarded the Saki Ruth Dockrill Memorial Prize for Best Paper at the GWU-UCSB-LSE International Graduate Student Conference on the Cold War. He reads and speaks Mandarin Chinese.

Education
M.A. in History, The George Washington University, 2014.
B.A. in History, Hiram College, 2010.

Publications
"Bridging East Asia’s Revolutions: The Overseas Chinese in North Korea, 1945-1950," forthcoming in Journal of Northeast Asian History.

“To Die On the Steppe: Sino-Soviet-American Relations and the Cold War in Chinese Central Asia, 1944-1952,” Cold War History 14, no. 3 (August 2014): 293-313, doi: 10.1080/14682745.2013.871262.

“More Friends than Foes: Sino-Japanese Relations in 1984,” co-authored with Sergey Radchenko and Yutaka Kanda, CWIHP e-Dossier no. 48 (March 27, 2014).

“Nation, Ethnicity, and the Post-Manchukuo Order in the Sino-Korean Border Region,” co-authored with Adam Cathcart, in Key Papers on Korea: Essays Celebrating 25 Years of the Centre of Korean Studies, SOAS, University of London, edited by Andrew David Jackson (Boston: Global Oriental, 2013), 79-99, doi: 10.1163/9789004265226_007.

Review of “Staking Claims to China’s Borderland: Oil, Ores and State-building in Xinjiang Province, 1893-1964,” by Judd Creighton Kinzley, Dissertation Reviews (October 22, 2013).

“A Border Region ‘Exuded with Militant Friendship’: Provincial Narratives of China’s Participation in the First Indochina War, 1949-1954,” Cold War History 12, no. 3 (August 2012): 495-514, doi: 10.1080/14682745.2011.627919.

“Bomba O Morte! Perché P’yŏngyang Non Molla L’Atomica” (“Bomb or death! Why Pyongyang does not give up its atomic weapons”), Quaderno Speciale di Limes (Italy), Anno 4 n. 2 (2012): 147-154.

“Zhou Enlai and China’s Response to the Korean War,” NKIDP e-Dossier no. 9 (June 22, 2012).

“The Bonds of Brotherhood: New Evidence on Sino-North Korean Exchanges, 1950-1954,” co-authored with Adam Cathcart, Journal of Cold War Studies 13, no. 3 (Summer 2011): 27-51, doi: 10.1162/JCWS_a_00141.

“Creating a Soviet ‘Semi-Colony’? Sino-Soviet Cooperation and Its Demise in Xinjiang, 1949-1955,” Chinese Historical Review 17, no. 2 (Fall 2010): 129-165, doi: 10.1179/tcr.2010.17.2.129.

“Peripheral Influence: The Sinuiju Student Incident of 1945 and the Impact of Soviet Occupation in North Korea,” co-authored with Adam Cathcart, Journal of Korean Studies 13 (2008): 1-28, doi: 10.1353/jks.2008.0002.

“Internationalist Culture in North Korea, 1945-1950,” co-authored with Adam Cathcart, The Review of Korean Studies 11, no. 3 (September 2008): 123-148.

Translations
Liang Zhi, "North Korean Apprentices in China and the Nature of Socialist Exchanges in the 1950s," NKIDP e-Dossier no. 16 (September 2014).

You Lan, "Caught in the Split: Chinese Students in the Soviet Union, 1960-1965," CWIHP e-Dossier no. 52 (August 2014).

Fan Hongwei, "Reassessing China-Myanmar Relations during the Cold War," CWIHP e-Dossier no. 49 (May 2014).

Experience
Kraus has conducted archival research in the following archives and specialized libraries: Archive of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China; National Archives Department, Myanmar; Shanghai Municipal Archives; Huangpu District Archives; Zhabei District Archives; Jing'an District Archives; the National Archives and Records Administration; the United Nations Archives and Records Management Section; the National Security Archive; Columbia University Archives; the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library; and the Jimmy Carter Library.

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