The Wilson Center and History
Jul 25, 2014
NKIDP has released a collection of Russian, Chinese, and Polish documents on the armistice negotiations which span the nearly two-year period of talks (July 1951-July 1953). The documents shed new light on North Korean, Soviet, and Chinese strategic thinking toward the conflict and the armistice. more
Jul 18, 2014
Transcript for a panel discussion on the challenges of researching and writing on recent Middle East history. more
Jul 08, 2014
Eduard Shevardnadze, the Soviet Union's last foreign minister who later served as Georgian president, passed away at the age of 86, sparking a collective assessment of the political legacy he left to Russia and Georgia. Global Fellow Kenneth Yalowitz, William Courtney and Denis Corboy summarize lessons we can learn for today from Shevardnadze’s and Georgia's struggles. more
NKIDP has released a collection of Russian, Chinese, and Polish documents on the armistice negotiations which span the nearly two-year period of talks (July 1951-July 1953). The documents shed new light on North Korean, Soviet, and Chinese strategic thinking toward the conflict and the armistice.
Transcript for a panel discussion on the challenges of researching and writing on recent Middle East history.
Eduard Shevardnadze, the Soviet Union's last foreign minister who later served as Georgian president, passed away at the age of 86, sparking a collective assessment of the political legacy he left to Russia and Georgia. Global Fellow Kenneth Yalowitz, William Courtney and Denis Corboy summarize lessons we can learn for today from Shevardnadze’s and Georgia's struggles.
The Department of International History of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, with the support from the Fondation Pierre du Bois pour l’Histoire du Temps Présent, will host an international conference on the end of the Cold War in Geneva on September 24-26, 2015.
July 11, 2014 // 4:00pm — 5:00pm
In recent years Russia has shown a growing interest in East European far-right parties. Now Russia, as Political Capital Institute research demonstrates, is increasingly involving itself with far-right and far-left parties of Western Europe as well. At a time of political and economic crisis some European political forces have become particularly receptive to Russia’s new conservative, increasingly nationalist message. PCI Director Peter Kreko will discuss the changing perception of Russia on the political fringes of European politics and the new challenges it poses for Euro-Atlantic integration at both the national and the EU level.
August 19, 2014 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Drawing on a recently published larger volume - Strategies of Symbolic Nation-Building in Southeast Europe – Vjeran Pavlakovic will analyze the nation and state building strategies of the Croatian elite since the country attained independence, following the Homeland War, 1991-1995. In his presentation, Pavlakovic will focus on the role of contested narratives and commemorative practices related to the wars of the 20th century in the political arena. The discussion will also address current attitudes and sentiments in Croatia towards the EU, following the country’s accession to the European Union in July, 2013.
May 19, 2014 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
Nearly seventy-five years after World War II, scholars hotly despite whether FDR was a hero of the Jews or a bystander or worse to the Nazi’s persecution and slaughter of Jews. In this talk Lichtman will draw upon the findings of his prize-winning book, FDR and the Jews (co-authored with Richard Breitman), to resolve the controversy. He will present a new portrait of a consummate politician— compassionate but also pragmatic—struggling with opposing priorities under perilous conditions.
Or Rabinowitz examines Israeli PM Menachem Begin's 1979 letter to Margaret Thatcher regarding Pakistan's nuclear program.
Declassified Documents Show Henry Kissinger’s Major Role in the 1974 Initiative That Created the Nuclear Suppliers Group
Professor Xiaobo Hu counsels that the United States should give priority to the promotion of peaceful relations across the Taiwan Strait, and to the maintenance of stable and constructive ties with both Taipei and Beijing. Toward those ends, Hu argues, Washington should undertake a comprehensive review of the TRA and the policy of “strategic ambiguity” that has characterized U.S. Taiwan Strait policy for many years.
On March 5th and 6th, the Asia Program hosted a conference titled Japan's Vision for East Asia: Diplomacy Amid Geopolitical Challenges to discuss Japan's longer-term vision for the region and how it sees its role in Asia.
According to some historical accounts, Israel came very close to deploying nuclear weapons during the Yom Kippur War. But a newly released firsthand account of high-level deliberations provides a more nuanced account of what occurred. Avner Cohen is a senior fellow at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies and a former Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Dr. Cohen is the author of two groundbreaking books on Israeli nuclear history and has worked with the Nuclear Proliferation International History Project for the past two years to facilitate the release of historical materials from his research collection.
This week we present two works in progress from former Wilson Center Public Policy Scholars, Matt Bai and Matthew Dallek.
Research Fellow, Hoover Institution; Adviser to the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Project, Hoover Archives; former Director, Radio Free Europe
A. Ross Johnson is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, adviser to the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) Archive Project at Hoover, and senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.Johnson was a senior executive of RFE/RL from 1988 to 2002, serving as d...
Ph.D. Candidate in Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania
Associate Professor of History, Georgetown University