ECNU-Wilson Center Cold War Studies Initiative

Since 2011, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars has partnered with East China Normal University (ECNU), Shanghai, to host several scholars from across China each year through the ECNU-Wilson Center Cold War Studies Initiative.

A natural outgrowth of the longstanding, close relationship between the Wilson Center's flagship Cold War International History Project (CWIHP) and ECNU's Cold War International Studies Center, the goal of the initiative is to further scholarly research and exchanges on the Cold War in general and on the Cold War-era history of the US-China relationship in particular, with a view towards deepening mutual understanding and cooperation between the People's Republic of China and the United States.

Click here to view a list of publications resulting from the ECNU-Wilson Center Cold War Studies Initiative.

A full list of current and past ECNU-Wilson Center Scholars, including the titles of their research projects, is provided below:

Class of 2011-2012

Jike Zhao, Northeast Normal University, Changchun, China: "The Role of the USIA in Implementing America’s Policy towards the Soviet Union: A Case Study of the Cuban Missile Crisis"

Youzhen Xu, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China: "Behind the Deadlock: The U.S., the PRC, the U.K. and the Issue of the POWs during the Korean War"

Ming Chen, Peking University, Beijing, China/Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan: "Confrontation Controlled: Sino-American Relations and the Taiwan Strait Crisis in 1962"

Yang Zhang, Northeast Normal University, Changchun, China: "Militant Liberty: A Comparative Study of the Scope and Limits of the Aggressive Ideological Strategy during the Early Phase of the Cold War"

Class of 2012-2013

Yakun Hao, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China: "The Social Integration of China during the Korean War"

Liang Song, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China: "Anglo-American Relations and Financial Assistance to Taiwan after the War"

Kui Liu, Hubei University, Wuhan, China: "America and the Origins of the CSCE"

Xiaoqin Song, Shanxi University, Taiyuan, China: "The Soviet Union and the Korean War"

Enrico Fardella, Peking University, Beijing, China: "The Relationship between Europe and People’s Republic of China during the Cold War (1969-1979)"

Class of 2013-2014

Weizhen Zhang, Jinan University, Jinan, China: "The American Armed Forces in China"

Aming Liu, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, Shanghai, China: "The Evolution of China's South China Seas Policies and the United States"

Guang LiWuhan University, Wuhan, China: "U.S. Asia-Pacific Strategy and International Relations of the South China Sea"

Xiaolin Lin, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China: "The HUAC in Comparative Perspective: The Cold War and the Transformation of American Society"

Xiaochen LiuEast China Normal University, Shanghai, China: "The Korean War and the Recovery of Japan’s Economy,1950-1953"

Lan YouEast China Normal University, Shanghai, China: "The Communist Movement in Southeast Asia during the Cold War"

Class of 2014-2015

Weigan Niu, Jiangsu Provincial College of Administration, Nanjing, China: "The Transformation of the International Structure and the Evolution of American Two-Ocean Alliances after the Cold War"

Jiangwei ZhangEast China Normal University, Shanghai, China: "The FonOff Confidential Cables Leakage Incident"

Zhengyun DengCCP Central Party School, Beijing, China: “Sino-Japanese War in an International Framework”

Ning PanShaanxi Normal University, Xi'an China

Ruijing Li, Shanxi University, Taiyuan, China: “The Oil Cold War between the U.S. and the Soviet Union”

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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
  • Laura Deal // Catalog Specialist
  • Pieter Biersteker // Editorial Assistant
  • Charles Kraus // Program Assistant
  • Evan Pikulski // Program Assistant
  • Roy O. Kim // 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