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A “Diplomatic Nuclear Explosion”? Sino-French Relations in the 1960s

Publication //
Sep 16, 2014
When France and the People’s Republic of China established diplomatic relations in January 1964, observers called the event a “diplomatic nuclear explosion," but the high hopes entertained for Sino-French relations never quite materialized during, undermined by China and France’s conflicting goals toward the Vietnam War and the turmoil associated with the Cultural Revolution. more

Call for Proposals: Postdoctoral Fellowships at the Berlin Center for Cold War Studies

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Sep 12, 2014
The Berlin Center for Cold War Studies, slated to open in Spring of 2015, is seeking proposals for 2 available postdoctoral fellowships on the history of the Cold War. more

Lessons of Iran-Contra: Behind the Scenes of Ronald Reagan's Iran Gambit, 1985-86

Event //
September 22, 2014 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Based on intensive research into once-classified records, as well as interviews and other accounts from Americans, Iranians and Israelis, Malcolm Byrne will revisit the Reagan administration’s controversial initiative toward Iran in 1985-1986. What was its real purpose? Who were the Iranians involved and what did they want? What was Israel’s role? What are the long-term lessons and impact of the operation? more

North Korean Apprentices in China and the Nature of Socialist Exchanges in the 1950s

Publication //
Sep 11, 2014
After 1953, China hosted thousands of North Koreans for industrial training programs and internships. Although the intention of hosting interns was to assist North Korea with its post-war economic reconstruction, newly translated Chinese documents reveal that the training programs were, at their core, really about politics. more

Burning Secrets of the Corfu Channel Incident

Publication //
Sep 09, 2014
Using declassified Albanian documents and recently released British documents, CWIHP Working Paper No. 70 examines the Corfu Channel Incident and subsequent legal case at the International Court of Justice. 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