The two Koreas have long been important to both the US and the world, but not until recently has the global focus on the peninsula been as intense as it is now. This interest has been heightened by the intentions and policies of the DPRK (North Korea) which now constitute potential and actual threats to national, regional and international security. This study group will explore the history of the Korean peninsula, the Korean culture and its importance to the world and the role of the two post-war Koreas in contemporary affairs. Study group participants will discuss selected readings and documentaries in addition to hearing directly from individuals with experience and insight into the two Koreas. Two short texts and handout materials will be used. Our texts are: (1) Korea in World History, by Donald N. Clark, Association for Asian Studies (available from: www.asianstudies.org, under the Publications tab and in the Key Issues in Asian Studies section); and (2) The Korean War: Challenges in Crisis, Credibility, and Command, by Burton I. Kaufman, (McGraw Hill, 1996). Excerpts and Kaufman’s complete text will be supplied by the coordinators, no need for participants to purchase.