March 28, 2023

The NK News Study Guide Part 3: Liberation, Division and the Korean War

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Part three of the NK NEWS Study Guide focuses on eight of the Korean peninsula's most crucial years between 1945 and 1953. It was during these years that the Korean peninsula embarked on a path of internal division, a division that still persists today and continues to influence Northeast Asian stability.

It was this division that determined the size and role of U.S. involvement in the Asia-Pacific, the nature of U.S. relations with China, Japan, its neighbors, and the bitter rivalry between Washington D.C. and Moscow. The Cold War has long ended, but the seeds sewn in this period still affect contemporary political and diplomatic rhetoric.