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The Latest from the History and Public Policy Program

Caught in the Split: Chinese Students in the Soviet Union, 1960-1965

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Aug 29, 2014
After the ideological contradictions between China and the Soviet Union were made public in 1960, the circumstances under which Chinese students were sent to the Soviet Union became increasingly complex. Newly translated Chinese Foreign Ministry Documents reveal the fallout from the March 1965 protests staged by Chinese and Vietnamese students in Moscow. more

North Korean War Orphans in Transnational Educational Exchange

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August 27, 2014 // 2:00pm3:00pm
More than 100,000 children from both North and South Korea were orphaned during the Korean War. In 1953, the North Korean government dispatched 1,200 orphans to the People’s Republic of Poland to be educated at a boarding school transformed into an orphanage. The orphans were repatriated after six years, at the insistence of the North Korean government, as tensions between Pyongyang and its communist allies began to emerge. NKIDP Intern Intaek Hong examines the complicated process of how the orphans defined their identity based on their experience of interacting with their Polish teachers—who became like foster parents—and deploying their subjectivity in the process. more

Washington History Seminar Fall 2014 Lineup

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Aug 20, 2014
The Washington History Seminar, sponsored jointly by the National History Center of the American Historical Association and the Wilson Center, announces its Fall 2014 schedule. more

The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book

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September 08, 2014 // 4:00pm5:30pm
In The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book, Peter Finn and Petra Couvée bring readers intimately close to the charming, passionate, and complex artist that was Boris Pasternak. First to obtain CIA files providing concrete proof of the agency’s involvement, the authors give us a literary thriller that takes us back to a fascinating period of the Cold War—to a time when literature had the power to stir the world. more

CWIHP and Partners Receive NEH Grant to Examine Sports and the Cold War

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Aug 12, 2014
CWIHP and its partners have received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to organize and host a series of workshops exploring the role of sports during the Cold War. 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