North Korea infoPlaylist

April 15, 2013 at 12:00 am 1 comment

1026576817_1c32249e30In recent months, North Korea has made headlines as government officials have indicated that the country is continuing with its nuclear test program.  Since World War II, through the Korean War, the Cold War, and into the present, the United States has had a tumultuous relationship with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and this guide compiled by Librarians Joyce Garczynski, Sara Nixon, Sarah Crest, and Laksamee Putnam explores the country and that relationship.


Background Information

Facts, figures and statistics about the population of North Korea from Nation Master

Historical overview, geography, infrastructure, and economic information from the Library of Congress Country Study of North Korea

An overview, fact sheet, discussion of media, and timeline for North Korea’s history from the BBC

State Department overview of US relations with North Korea

A summary of North Korea sanctions from the US Treasury Department

News, fact sheets, maps, and an overview of international action in North Korea from the United Nations

An overview of natural disasters and aid to North Korea from reliefweb


Korean War Resources

A bibliography, history, timeline, fact sheet, maps list and other information from the US Department of Defense

An overview of the Korean War and its legacy from the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE)

An electronic encyclopedia with background information about the political, social, and military history of the Korean War (available only to Towson University affiliates)

A PBS video with stories from Korean War Veterans (available only to Towson University affiliates)

A history of the war from the official website of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea


Hearings, Research, and Policy Briefs

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing on US policy towards North Korea

Congressional Research Service Reports on what is known about North Korea’s nuclear program, US foreign policy, and economic sanctions

“North Korea and Nuclear Weapons: The Declassified U.S. Record” from the National Security Archive

The East-West Center’s reports on the elusive nature of North Korean reform and South Korea’s role in the conflict

United States Institute of Peace’s research and policy analysis of the happenings on the Korean peninsula

Brookings Institution’s page with their research, books, testimony, and commentary on North Korea

Research and opinion pieces from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Center for Strategic and International Studies report, “China-U.S. Relations in East Asia: Strategic rivalry and Korea’s choice”

Council on Foreign Relations’ task force report, “U.S. Policy Toward the Korean Peninsula”

Institute for Science and International Security’s statement on North Korean Nuclear Test

News, briefing books, and other resources from the National Committee on North Korea

A listing of papers, books, and policy briefs from the Peterson Institute for International Economics


News Resources

10 best people to follow on Twitter to keep up with what’s happening in North Korea

New York Times Topic Page on North Korea

The website of the Korean Central News Agency, the state news agency of North Korea


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  • 1. Yogendra Sharma  |  October 17, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Thank you for sharing the reference links on North Korea.


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