Woodrow Wilson Center
July 17, 2017
On Monday, the History and Public Policy Program’s North Korea International Documentation Project (NKIDP) hosted a group of 13 university students from both North and South Korea. Organized as a portion of the Korean American Sharing Movement’s (KASM) ‘Washington Leadership Program,” the meeting was one of many for the student group, who spent 3 weeks visiting government and academic institutes in both New York City and Washington, D.C. Striving to fill the gap that exists between North and South Koreans, KASM aims for at least 40% North Korean participation with each group.
This year’s cohort met with History and Public Policy Program staff, Charles Kraus and Kayla Orta, and Wilson Center Public Policy Fellow, former Truman Library Director Michael Devine, to discuss flashpoints in modern Korean history as highlighted through the Wilson Center’s Digital Archive document collections. Students were interested to learn more about different perspectives of the Korean War (both US, North and South Korea), China-North Korea relations as depicted through the historical documents, as well as other topics concerning historical and modern developments on the Korean Peninsula.
KASM’s Washington Leadership Program visit serves as a key example of the awareness and capacity building the History and Public Policy Program strives to develop through archival resources and open dialogue.