Cold War Events

Age of Delirium: The Decline and Fall of the Soviet Union

February 20, 2013 // 4:00pm6:30pm
Kennan Institute
The film, "Age of Delirium," is the story of the fall of the Soviet Union as lived and experienced by the Soviet people. The film shows what it meant to live in a state based on a utopian ideology and how truthful information led to the Soviet Union’s rapid and unstoppable collapse. The film, written and directed by David Satter in collaboration with Andrei Nekrasov, Olga Konskaya and Inara Kolmane, is based on the book of the same name by David Satter.
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Roundtable Discussion on the Future of U.S. Global Media

February 12, 2013 // 3:30pm5:00pm
History and Public Policy Program
In any given week, from North Korea to Iran and across the Middle East, from China to Afghanistan, Pakistan and Myanmar, through Africa and India to Russia, Belarus, Central Asia and Cuba, 165 million people—equivalent to more than half the U.S. population—tune into the radio and television programs of U.S. International Broadcasting (USIB) by satellite, Internet and in some cases cooperating local radio stations. After more than half a century, Congressionally-funded U.S. broadcasting remains the leading edge of American soft power—the principal means by which the United States speaks directly to less free and impoverished nations.
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Podcast

Six Months in 1945: The Origins of the Cold War

February 04, 2013 // 4:00pm5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
The Cold War effectively began in 1945, as soon as Americans and Russians encountered each other in the heart of Europe. But nobody, not least Stalin, wanted the Cold War.
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On the Edge of the Cold War: American Diplomats and Spies in Postwar Europe

January 23, 2013 // 12:00pm1:30pm
Global Europe Program
Drawing on archival documents and testimonies of high-ranking American diplomats and intelligence officers, "On the Edge of the Cold War" explores the postwar political crisis in former Czechoslovakia from the perspective of the U.S. Embassy under Laurence Steinhardt and of U.S. Intelligence under Charles Katek and Spencer Taggart. The book paints a critical portrait of Ambassador Steinhardt, and shows that his groundless optimism caused Washington to ignore signs that democracy in Czechoslovakia was in trouble.

CANCELLED: Book Discussion: Life and Fate: Vasily Grossman at Stalingrad

January 15, 2013 // 3:30pm5:30pm
Kennan Institute
This event has been cancelled.
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Andreas Papandreou: The Making of a Greek Democrat and Political Maverick

December 03, 2012 // 12:00pm1:30pm
Global Europe Program
Greece in the 1960s produced one of Europe's arguably most controversial post-WWII politicians. Andreas Papandreou’s maverick politics grew out of his conflict laden re-engagement with Greece in the 1960s. In this biography of Andreas Papandreou, the author Stan Draenos chronicles the events, struggles and ideas that defined the man's dramatic, intrigue-filled transformation from Kennedy-era modernizer to Cold War maverick.
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Live Broadcast of NPR's Talk of the Nation

November 29, 2012 // 2:00pm4:00pm
In this National Conversation event, NPR will be broadcasting live Talk of the Nation at the Wilson Center. Expert panelists David Ignatius and Robert Kagan will discuss the foreign policy opportunities and risks that President Obama faces in his second term; Graham Allison, Cheng Li, and Ashley Tellis will discuss lessons from the Cold War; and Wilson Center CEO Jane Harman will describe her vision of a world where there are as many women leaders as men.
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Regional Dynamics and Inter-Korean Relations, Past and Present

November 27, 2012 // 10:30am4:30pm
North Korea International Documentation Project
Supported by the Korean Ministry of Unification, "Regional Dynamics and Inter-Korean Relations, Past and Present" seeks to bring a broader historical perspective to current issues affecting inter-Korean relations by conveying the importance of deep historical continuities on the Korean Peninsula.

The Limits of Detente: The United States, the Soviet Union, and the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1969-1973

November 08, 2012 // 3:30pm5:00pm
Cold War International History Project
In "The Limits of Detente," Craig Daigle draws on newly released documents to shed new light on how the 1973 Arab-Israeli War was the result of not only tension and competing interest between Arabs and Israelis, but also policies adopted in both Washington and Moscow. Between 1969 and 1973, the Middle East in general and the Arab-Israeli conflict in particular emerged as a crucial Cold War battleground where the limits of detente appeared in sharp relief.
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The Devil in History: Communism, Fascism, and Some Lessons of the Twentieth Century

November 06, 2012 // 3:30pm5:00pm
Cold War International History Project
Reflecting Vladimir Tismaneanu's personal experiences within communist totalitarianism, "The Devil in History" is about political passions, radicalism, utopian ideals, and their catastrophic consequences in the twentieth century’s experiments in social engineering.

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