Bruce Cumings teaches in the history department of the University of Chicago, where he is the Gustavus F. and Ann M. Swift distinguished service professor. He is the author of The Korean War, published by Random House in 2010. Cumings first became interested in the region while serving in the Peace Corps in South Korea in 1967. He was also the principal historical consultant for the Thames Television/PBS six-hour-long documentary Korea: The Unknown War.
Why is North Korea simultaneously testing new missiles and sending envoys to China—and just before the annual dialogues between China and the US? And how would a President Trump handle North Korea's actions?
The 70th anniversary of Korea’s liberation from Japan will roll around on August 15, 2015, no doubt eliciting a hailstorm of commentary—and speculation that North Korea will collapse and the two Koreas reunify.
Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea, by Guy Delisle. Drawn and Quarterly, 184 pages, 2005, $19.95.
Radio Pyongyang: Commie Funk and Agit Prop from the Hermit Kingdom, audio CD by Christiaan Virant. Sublime Frequencies, 2005, $14.
Mao: A Reinterpretation By Lee Feigon, Ivan R. Dee, 2002, 229 pages; $24.95
Beyond Tiananmen: The Politics of U.S.-China Relations, 1989-2000 By Robert L. Suettinger, Brookings Institution Press, 2003, 559 pages; $39.95