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Offsite Event Agenda: Relations between China and its Neighboring Countries during the Cold War

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Dec 18, 2014
ECNU's Center for Cold War International History Studies and the Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program will convene an international conference in Shanghai on "Relations between China and its Neighboring Countries during the Cold War: Archives and Documentation" from December 21-22, 2014. more

The Shah's Petro-Diplomacy with Ceausescu: Iran and Romania in the era of Detente

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Dec 17, 2014
Using 16 newly declassified documents from the Romanian archives, CWIHP Working Paper No. 74 sheds new light on the external relations of Iran's Tudeh party, and the role of oil in Iranian diplomacy towards the Soviet Union and the socialist bloc. more

Modern Times in North Korea: Scenes from its Founding Years, 1945-1950

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December 15, 2014 // 4:00pm5:30pm
North Korea is often portrayed in mainstream media as a backward place, a Stalinist relic without a history worth knowing. But during its founding years (1945-1950), North Korea experienced a radical social revolution when everyday life became the primary site of political struggle, including quite deliberately a feminist agenda. With historical comparisons to revolutions in the early 20th century, Suzy Kim introduces her recent book through rarely seen archival photos, situating the North Korean revolution within the broader history of modernity. more
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Stresemann Workshop 2015

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Dec 15, 2014
The Stresemann Society, together with NPIHP and its cooperation partners, is accepting applications from international doctorate students and post-doctoral experts in history and Social Science for an academic workshop in July 2015. more

Human Rights Before Carter

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December 08, 2014 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Underlying much of the writing on United States foreign relations is the conviction that human rights were of limited consequence in policymaking during the 1960s and the early 1970s. Snyder's current research, however, shows that efforts to emphasize human rights began in the 1960s, driven by nonstate and lower-level actors and facilitating the issue’s later prominence due to the development of the networks and tactics critical to greater institutionalization of human rights in these years. 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 Assistant
  • Evan Pikulski // Program Assistant
  • Roy O. Kim // Program Assistant