Expert Commentator: Dr. Kathryn Weathersby

Panel II: Security and Strategy

Dr. Kathryn Weathersby

Professorial Lecturer, Korea Studies, Johns Hopkins SAIS

Dr. Kathryn Weathersby is a Professorial Lecturer in Korea Studies at the School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University and Visiting Professor in the Department of Political Science and Diplomacy of Sungshin Women’s University in Seoul. Since 2000, Kathryn directed the Korea Initiative of the Cold War International History Project at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, which mined the rich records on North Korea held in the archives of its former allies in the communist world in order to shed light on the evolution of DPRK foreign and domestic policy. The results of this research are available online from the Cold War International History Project website.

Dr. Weathersby received a Ph.D. in modern Russian history from Indiana University in 1990, with a second field in modern East Asian history. After the collapse of communist rule in the Soviet Union, she conducted extensive research in Russian archives on the Soviet Union’s role in the Korean War and its policy toward Korea prior to the war. She has lectured widely on this subject in North America, East Asia and Europe. Her recent publications include:

“The Influence of Sino-Soviet-North Korean Triangular Relations on the Course of the Korean War and Postwar North Korean Foreign Relations: Evidence from Declassified Documents,” co-authored with Gyoo-hyung Kahng, Korean Studies Quarterly (Autumn 2010): 118-141.

“The Soviet Union, the United States, and the Establishment of the Republic of Korea,” in Inho   Lee, Youngho Kim, and Gyoo-hyoung Kahng, eds., Re-thinking the Foundation of the Republic  of Korea (Seoul: Kiparang, 2009)

“Ending the Korean War: Considerations on the Role of History,” Working Paper, US-Korea Institute, School of Advanced International Studies, The Johns Hopkins University (December 2008)

“Dependence and Mistrust: North Korea’s Relations with Moscow and the Evolution of Juche” Working Paper, US-Korea Institute, School of Advanced International Studies, The Johns Hopkins University (December 2008)

“DPRK Relations with the Soviet Union and China, 1950-1972,” International Workshop on Foreign Relations of the Two Koreas during the Cold War Era (The Institute for Far Eastern Studies, Kyungnam University, May 2006)

“The North Korean Enigma: Back to the Future?” Ilmin International Relations Review (Seoul) Spring 2005; “The Soviet Role in the Korean War, The State of Historical Knowledge,” in William Stueck, ed., The Korean War in World History (Lexington: The University of Kentucky Press: 2004): 61-92.

Dr. Weathersby’s research has been supported by grants and fellowships from the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Social Science Research Council, the Korea Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the International Research and Exchanges Board, the Norwegian Nobel Institute, and the College of Arts and Sciences of Florida State University, where she was Assistant Professor of History from 1989-1995.

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