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Don Oberdorfer is Distinguished Journalist-in-Residence and Adjunct Professor of International Relations at Johns Hopkins University. Previously, he was a journalist for 38 years, including 25 years on the Washington Post. He was a diplomatic correspondent for The Washington Post for 17 years before retiring in 1993, and previously covered the White House and Northeast Asia for The Washington Post and reported for The Charlotte Observer, The Saturday Evening Post and Knight Newspapers. He received his B.A. in public and international affairs from Princeton University and is the winner of multiple awards for diplomatic reporting. His books include Senator Mansfield: The Extraordinary Life of a Great American Statesman and Diplomat (2003); The Two Koreas (1997); The Turn: From the Cold War to a New Era (1991); and Tet! (1971). He served as a U.S. Army lieutenant in Korea immediately following the signing of the armistice in 1953.