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The Latest from the History and Public Policy Program

Muslim, Trader, Nomad, Spy: China's Cold War and the People of the Tibetan Borderlands

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April 27, 2015 // 4:00pm5:30pm
In 1959, the Dalai Lama fled Lhasa leaving the People’s Republic of China with a crisis on its Tibetan frontier. Drawing upon never before seen Chinese sources, Sulmaan Khan tells, for the first time, the story of how non-state actors moving across the Tibetan borderlands exposed state weakness and caused the PRC to move from empire-lite to a harder, heavier imperial formation. That change transformed Chinese policy towards the third world and the Cold War. more

The US Discovery of Israel's Secret Nuclear Project

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Apr 15, 2015
Israeli Cover Stories about the Dimona Reactor Dismayed Top Level Officials Who Saw a "Clearly Apparent Lack of Candor" more

New Wilson Center-Gramsci Institute Project on the Italian Communist Party and China

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Apr 15, 2015
The Wilson Center’s History and Public Policy Program and the Fondazione Istituto Gramsci (Rome) are excited to announce a joint project aimed at describing, digitizing, translating, and disseminating the records of the Italian Communist Party (PCI) related to China from 1969 through 1989. more

CfP: Northeast Asia during the Cold War: Security and Development, September 2015

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Apr 15, 2015
Papers are now being solicited for "Northeast Asia during the Cold War: Security and Development," a conference to be held at Northeast Normal University, Changchun, China, in September 2015. more

The History Manifesto

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April 20, 2015 // 4:00pm5:30pm
How should historians speak truth to power - and why does it matter? Why is five hundred years better than five months or five years as a planning horizon? And why is history - especially long-term history - so essential to understanding the multiple pasts which gave rise to our conflicted present? The History Manifesto is a call to arms to historians and everyone interested in the role of history in contemporary society. more

Experts & Staff

  • Christian F. Ostermann // Director, History and Public Policy Program; Global Europe; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
  • James Person // Deputy Director, History and Public Policy Program; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
  • Pieter Biersteker // Editorial Assistant
  • Laura Deal // Catalog Specialist
  • Charles Kraus // Program Associate
  • Evan Pikulski // Program Assistant
  • Roy O. Kim // Program Assistant