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Luncheon Address by Chairman Kim Moo-Sung

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July 27, 2015 // 12:00pm2:00pm
Rep. Kim Moo-Sung, Chairman of the Korean Saenuri Party (New Frontier Party) addressed a luncheon of invited experts and distinguished guests and discussed the US-ROK alliance and national unification on the occasion of the sixty-second anniversary of the Korean War armistice. more

The Origins of China's "Reform and Opening-up" and High-level Politics

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November 02, 2015 // 10:00am11:30am
It has long been assumed that China’s “Reform and Opening-up” started in 1978 when the Third plenum of the 11th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party was convened. In actuality, reform measures were initiated in 1977. In 1977, to promote reform, China’s top leadership made the decision to import advanced foreign technology and equipment. In this sense, reform was stimulated by opening-up. more
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Luther’s Fortress: Martin Luther and His Reformation Under Siege

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Jul 31, 2015
Prolific author, acclaimed historian, and Wilson Center Senior Scholar, James Reston’s latest book draws on primary source correspondence, notes, and other writings to provide a gripping portrait of what may be the most productive months of Martin Luther’s life. Luther’s Fortress: Martin Luther and His Reformation Under Siege, chronicles a critical but little-known episode in Luther’s life, revealing its pivotal role in the history of Christianity. That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW. more
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The History of the End of the Cold War

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Jul 22, 2015
How did the Cold War really end? Did the history books get it right? And is there a connection between the end of that era and contemporary issues like Middle East turmoil and Putin’s Russia? Wilson Center Fellow Diana Negroponte is writing a book that will review the history of the end of the Cold War. She provides a preview in this edition of Wilson Center NOW. more

The Origins of Nuclear Cooperation

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Jul 20, 2015
The Origins of Nuclear Cooperation: A Critical Oral History Between Brazil and Argentina tells a unique and rich story about how two regional nuclear rivals de-escalated their nuclear rivalry in ways that promoted regional and international security. more

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  • 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
  • Pieter Biersteker // Editorial Assistant
  • Laura Deal // Catalog Specialist
  • Charles Kraus // Program Associate
  • Evan Pikulski // Program Assistant
  • James Person // Deputy Director, History and Public Policy Program; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project