Reading List on Korea

War or Peace With North Korea?
A Short Reading List Compiled by Historians for Peace and Democracy

[in reverse chronological order]

Robert Carlin and Joel Wit, “Nine Reasons Why Kim Jong Un’s South Korea Initiative is More Than Just a Tactic,” 38 North, January 3, 2018.

Jeffrey Lewis, “Trump Is Bluffing about Attacking North Korea in 2018,” Foreign Policy, December 28, 2017.

Colin Kahl, “The United States Should Resolve to Avoid War with North Korea in 2018,” Foreign Policy, December 27, 2017.

Tim Shorrock, “Amid the Clamor For War With North Korea, Here Are Two Voices for Piece,” The Nation, December 12, 2017

Catherine Killough, “Let the Record Show: Negotiations with North Korea Work,” LobeLog, posted November 29, 2017.

Wada Haruki, “The US-North Korean Crisis and Japan’s Responsibility,” The Asia-Pacific Journal, November 20, 2017.

Gavan McCormack, “North Korea and a Rules-Based Order for the Indo-Pacific, East Asia, and the World,” The Asia-Pacific Journal, November 15, 2017.

Suzanne DiMaggio and Joel S. Wit, “How Trump Should Talk to North Korea,” New York Times, November 11, 2017.

Tim Shorrock, “Koreans Protest Trump As the U.S. Congress Tries to Restrain Him,” The Nation, November 7, 2017.

Rep. Lieu Leads 16 Veteran Member Statement on Dangers of Ground War in North Korea,” press release, November 4, 2017.

Jeremy Kuzmarov, “The Korean War: Barbarism Unleashed,” United States Foreign Policy, Resource & Resource Guide (sponsored by Historians for Peace and Democracy and the Peace History Society).

Andrew J. Bacevich, “Seven Steps to a Saner U.S. Policy towards North Korea,” The American Conservative, September 8, 2017.

Peter Hayes, “The Future of Conflict in the Korean Peninsula and Beyond: The War Dreams of Kim and Trump,” The Asia-Pacific Journal, October 1, 2017.

Gary Leupp, “Ten Points on Korean History of Potential Current Relevance,”, September 7, 2017.

Martin J. Sherwin, “What the Cuban Missile Crisis Can Teach Us about the North Korean Missile Crisis,” The Nation, posted August 23, 2017.

Historian: For North Korea, Acquiring Nukes Was a Rational Decision,” Interview with Cheehyung Harrison Kim, History News Network, posted August 21, 2017.

Jessie Kindig, ”Don’t You Hear Her? The Enduring Korean War,” n + 1, posted August 18, 2017.

Bruce Cumings, “Americans Once Carpet-Bombed North Korea; It’s Time to Remember That Past,” The Guardian, August 13, 2017.

Leon V. Sigal, “A Strategy for Dealing with North Korea,” The Asia-Pacific Journal, August 10, 2017.

William D. Hartung, “Why Diplomacy With North Korea Works Better Than ‘Fire and Fury,’” The Hill, August 8, 2017.

Leon V. Sigal, “A Strategy for Dealing With North Korea,” Testimony, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Subcommittee on East Asia, Pacific and International Cybersecurity Policy, July 25, 2017.

Motoko Rich, “In North Korea, ‘Surgical Strike’ Could Spin Into ‘Worst Kind of Fighting,’” New York Times, July 5, 2017.

Bruce Cumings, “A Murderous History of Korea,” London Review of Books, May 17, 2017.

JJ Suh, “Missile Defense and the Security Dilemma: THAAD, Japan’s `Proactive Peace,’ and the Arms Race in Northeast Asia,” The Asia-Pacific Journal, April 27, 2017.

William Perry, “How to Make a Deal With North Korea,” Politico Magazine, April 15, 2017.

Bruce Cumings, “This Is What’s Really Behind North Korea’s Nuclear Provocations,” The Nation, March 23, 2017.

Leon V. Sigal, “Why Trump Should Strike a Deal With North Korea,” CNN Opinion, March 7, 2017.