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Topic: Policy on North Korea's (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) nuclear program. Your country is either Japan or Ukraine. Try to find materials published between 2014 and 2017 — the more recent the better.

  1. North Korea's nuclear program
    1. Scan one of the following descriptions of North Korea's nuclear program.
      Use: Country Information > Europa World Plus > Korea Democratic People's Republic > Country Profile > Contemporary Political History > ...
      1. ... The Inception of North Korea's Nuclear Programme.
      2. ... Foreign Affairs > Relations with the USA and multilateral talks.
    2. Evaluate. Use: Evaluation.
    3. Based on what you read, what governments or international governmental organizations were major players in the history of North Korea's nuclear program?
    4. What would be some historical and current sources of information about North Korea's nuclear program?
  2. With what countries does your country have important relations, historically and currently? Were/are those relations friendly, hostile, or somewhere in between?
    Use: Country Information > Europa World Plus > [your country] > Country Profile > Contemporary Political History > Foreign Affairs.
  3. Let's say that you are looking for the most current information on North Korea's nuclear program. Which of the following types of publications, all published online in October 2017, are likely to include information that is more current than the others? Which are likely to be more authoritative than the others?
    1. newspaper articles
    2. popular magazine articles
    3. conference papers
    4. reports from think tanks
    5. Europa World Plus
    6. government publications (from the U.S. government, foreign governments, and IGOs such as IAEA, U.N., etc.)
    7. peer-reviewed scholarly articles
    8. scholarly book chapters
    9. scholarly books

  4. News
    1. What news sources published in your country in English does Bowdoin have access to? Which database(s) provide good coverage of those sources? (Your lists need not be comprehensive.)
      Use: Foreign & For.Lang. Newspapers.
    2. Find one news article that either (i) sheds light on the policy of your country towards North Korea's nuclear program or (ii) reflects opinion in your country relating to North Korea's nuclear program.
      Use: Foreign & For.Lang. Newspapers.
      Hint: In many databases, the following terms in quotation marks will be searched as a phrase:
      "north korea" AND
      nuclear
    3. Evaluate. Use: Evaluation.

  5. Find a speech or remarks given by your country's representative in the United Nations on the topic of North Korea's nuclear program.
    Use: Foreign & Int'l Documents > Find U.N. Documents > UNBISnet - Index to Speeches.
    Hint: Country/Organization: [your country]; Topic: nuclear; Topic: Korea
    • Evaluate. Use: Evaluation.

  6. Find one journal article pertaining either to (a) relations between Japan and North Korea or (b) North Korea's nuclear program.
    Use: Journal Articles.
  7. Find one CRS Report that discusses relations between Japan and North Korea.
    Use: U.S. Policy > HeinOnline > U.S. Congressional Documents.
    Hints: The following search string in HeinOnline will find the terms in quotation marks within 15 words of each other:
    "japan north korea"~15
    Refine your search by date and by using Document Type > CRS Reports.
    • Evaluate. Use: Evaluation.
  8. What were/are some of the policy options for the U.S. with respect to North Korea's nuclear program?
    Use: U.S. Policy > ProQuest Congressional > Hearings.
    Hint: The following terms in quotation marks will be searched as a phrase:
    "north korea" AND nuclear
  9. What would be some historical and current sources of information about North Korea's nuclear program and how do they compare?

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