the foreign Service journal
SITE OF THE MONTH:North Korea International Documentation Project
in partnership with the University of North Korean Studies
in South Korea, gives both scholars and policymakers a fas-
cinating window into North Korean history and politics. The
project collects and shares newly declassified documents
on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and its past
and present allies from the United States, South Korea and
North Korea itself, organizing them into an extensive online
The documents are well curated and gathered into
smaller collections by topic, such as “Conversations with
Kim Il Sung,”“Inter-Korean Dialogue in the 1970s,”“North
Korea’s First Five-Year Plan” and “Nuclear History.” Each
collection has from 50 to 300 documents, which include
records of conversations, minutes of congressional meet-
ings and journal entries from key players in North Korean
political and social life. Its “Modern Korean History” portal
has a detailed interactive historical timeline with links to
relevant documents for easy browsing.
NKIDP is run by Wilson Center scholar Charles K.
Armstrong, a professor of history at Columbia University.
In addition to the archive, the project publishes a series of
working papers analyzing recently acquired materials and
bulletins providing information and news on the DPRK and
its leadership. All materials are posted online and are fully
By all accounts, the project fulfills its objective: to
remedy the distinct lack of information available on North
Korea, which contributors to the project consider the main
obstacle to sound American policy-making today.
—Shannon Mizzi, Editorial Intern
CA receives many calls from Ameri-
cans of all ages who have been caught up
in international Internet dating scams.
Many scam artists pose as American citi-
zens living abroad for business or mili-
tary service so as not to arouse suspicion.
As CA put it, they “don’t all claim to
be Nigerian princes. Many come from
Canada, Indonesia and other places you
might not associate with online fraud.”
Tips for spotting an Internet scammer
1. Watch out for your partner moving
conversations quickly from the dating site
to personal email or instant messaging,
and discussing personal or emotional
details very soon after first contact.
2. Beware of heart-rending stories of
sick family members or personal trag-
edies that can only be fixed with a wire
3. If your Internet darling sounds too
good to be true—“Ivy League–educated,
looks like a swimsuit model, and is really
rich, awaiting an inheritance that will
come through… any… day… now!”—he
or she probably is.
—Shannon Mizzi, Editorial Intern
Speaks in D.C.
n Feb. 13, Mustafa Nayyem, newly-
elected Ukrainian Member of
Parliament and winner of the 2014 Ion
Ratiu Democracy Award, gave a talk at
The George Washington University on the
state of Ukrainian politics and national
Nayyem was one of the journalists
responsible for facilitating the transition
from online to outdoor protest against
the Ukrainian government in November
2013, sparking the Euromaidan Revolu-
tion. He has been investigating govern-
ment corruption for more than 10 years
with various Ukrainian news outlets, and
in 2014 he and 14 colleagues established
Hromadske TV, an online station promot-
Mustafa Nayyem at the U.S. ambassador’s
residence in Kyiv, July 6, 2011.