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14

April 2015

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the foreign Service journal

SITE OF THE MONTH:

North Korea International Documentation Project

T

he North

Korea

International

Documenta-

tion Project,

created by

the Woodrow

Wilson Center

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

database.

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

downloadable.

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

include:

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

transfer.

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

Ukrainian Legislator

Speaks in D.C.

O

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

identity.

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.

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