Guns, Guerillas, and the Great Leader: North Korea and the Third World

Book cover of Guns, Guerillas, and the Great Leader

The Sigur Center for Asian Studies and the Woodrow Wilson International Center will host Benjamin Young to launch his new book, Guns, Guerillas, and the Great Leader: North Korea and the Third World as the eighth edition of the Sigur Center's 2021 New Books in Asian Studies series. The webinar begins at 4:00 PM EDT.

Dr. Young's book discusses how far from always having been an isolated nation and a pariah state in the international community, North Korea exercised significant influence among Third World nations during the Cold War era. With one foot in the socialist Second World and the other in the anticolonial Third World, North Korea occupied a unique position as both a postcolonial nation and a Soviet client state, and sent advisors to assist African liberation movements, trained anti-imperialist guerilla fighters, and completed building projects in developing countries. 

The panel will be moderated by Christian F. Ostermann, Director of the Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program, Eric Arnesen, Professor of History at The George Washington University, and Gregg Brazinsky, Professor of History and Insternational Affairs at The George Washington University. 

The panelists will be Jean H. Lee, Senior Fellow at the Wilson Center, and Hazel Smith, Professorial Research Associate in Korean Studies School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.