Affiliation: Fulbright Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar, Washington, DC September 2008 – May 2009 Wilson Center Project:
“The Korean War in Stalin’s Global Strategy, 1948-1953”
Dr. Szalontai teaches in the department of political science at Mongolian International University, established in 2002 in Ulan Bator, Mongolia. He earned his Ph.D. in 2003 from Central European University in Budapest, Hungary with a dissertation titled “Khrushchev versus Kim IL Sung, Soviet-DPRK Relations and the Roots of North Korean Despotism, 1953-1964,” based largely on research in Hungarian archives. He is also the author of Kim Il Sung in the Khrushchev Era: Soviet-DPRK Relations and the Role of North Korean Despotism, 1953-1964, as well as CWIHP Working Paper No. 53, “North Korea’s Efforts to Acquire Nuclear Technology and Nuclear Weapons: Evidence from Russian and Hungarian Archives” (co-author). He is also the author of “’You Have No Political Line of Your Own’: Kim IL Sung and the Soviets, 1953-64,” Cold War International History. His interests cover the modern history of Korea, Vietnam, Mongolia, China and Albania. While at the Wilson Center in Washington DC, Dr. Szalontai is conducting research on Stalin’s views and strategy during the Korean War.
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