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Landmark Kennan Biography Chronicles Complex Life of Early Cold Warrior

February 15, 2012 // 3:00pm4:30pm
Cold War International History Project
Official biographer John Lewis Gaddis paints a fascinating and multidimensional portrait of George Kennan, the post-war diplomat who set forth containment doctrine, presaged the collapse of the Soviet Union, and, in later years, became an outspoken critic of U.S. foreign policy, including of the war in Vietnam. At the launch Wednesday of George F. Kennan: An American Life, Gaddis revealed the personality behind one of the 20th century’s great policy minds.

Azerbaijan: 20 Years of Independence

February 13, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
Mr. Hadjy-Zadeh will trace the evolution of Azerbaijan’s domestic politics since the fall of the Soviet Union, beginning with an overview of the movement for independence and the development of Azerbaijan’s new national identity, and continuing through the presidencies of Elchibey, Heydar Aliyev, and Ilham Aliyev. Mr. Hadjy-Zadeh will speak from his perspective as a political and economic analyst, as well as a former opposition party leader, to document the development of Azerbaijan into its current “pseudo-democratic” state, including the impact of the oil boom. Furthermore, he will mobilize his experience as Azerbaijan’s former Ambassador to Russia in order to provide an insider’s perspective on Azerbaijan’s foreign politics with Russia, the West, and its local neighbors, such as Turkey and Iran. Finally, Mr. Hadjy-Zadeh will highlight the current tensions arising in his country between movements for human rights and religious freedom and the rise of religious extremism.
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Foreign Relations of the United States Series: SALT I, 1969–1972

February 02, 2012 // 3:30pm5:00pm
Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
The Nuclear Proliferation International History Project in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State's Office of the Historian presents a panel discussion on the latest volume in the FRUS Series.
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The Role of the USIA in Implementing America’s Policy towards the Soviet Union: A Case Study of the Cuban Missile Crisis

January 31, 2012 // 3:00pm4:00pm
Cold War International History Project
Wilson Center ECNU Scholar Zhao Jike will present a work-in-progress presentation entitled The Role of the USIA in Implementing America’s Policy towards the Soviet Union: A Case Study of the Cuban Missile Crisis which examines the role of the USIA in implementing U.S. policy toward the Soviet Union during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
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Marigold: The Lost Chance for Peace in Vietnam

January 24, 2012 // 3:30pm5:30pm
Cold War International History Project
Marigold presents the in-depth story of one of the Vietnam War's last great mysteries: the secret Polish-Italian peace initiative, codenamed "Marigold," that sought to end the war, or at least to open direct talks between Washington and Hanoi, in 1966.

Monument Wars across the Post-Soviet Space as a Conflict of Memories and Cultures

January 23, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
The destruction of the monuments of the Soviet past and a buildup of new monuments was supposed to be an indication of the new values that came to the post-Soviet societies after the collapse of the Soviet system. However, not everywhere and not always did it happen to be true. While in Poland the new monuments were accepted by the society in appreciative manner, in Ukraine, Estonia, and Georgia we watched the so-called phenomenon of “The War of the Monuments” when the removal of the old monuments and creation of the new ones was followed by protests and sometimes even riots. Around Russia many old monuments to Lenin remained at place while new monuments to the Russian tsars were erected. All of this basically resulted with a chaos of the views and attitudes and led to the devaluation of the monument as a symbol in the post-Soviet space.
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Romania’s “Fraternal Support” to North Korea during the Korean War, 1950-1953

December 12, 2011 // 3:30pm5:00pm
North Korea International Documentation Project
Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar Radu Tudorancea will shed light on what was in fact a coordinated division of labor among communist regimes, marking the high point in Socialist bloc cooperation.
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Could the War in Vietnam Have Ended Earlier?

November 28, 2011 // 4:00pm5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
The Vietnam War cost the lives of more than 58,000 Americans (and millions of Vietnamese) and convulsed U.S. politics and culture in the 1960s. Could it have ended years earlier, and with a far smaller toll?

British Plans and Attempts at Subversion in Romania, 1939-44

November 22, 2011 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Global Europe Program
Dennis Deletant, Visiting Ion Ratiu Professor of Romanian Studies at Georgetown University and formerly professor of Romanian studies at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at University College in London charts the operations in Romania between 1939 and 23 August 1944, the date of King Michael’s coup against Antonescu.

Book Discussion: Marooned in Moscow: The Story of an American Woman Imprisoned in Soviet Russia

November 21, 2011 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
Historian William Benton Whisenhunt will discuss the story and events behind the recently reissued memoir Marooned in Moscow, first published just months after Marguerite Harrison’s release from a Bolshevik prison in 1921. The book provides a fascinating account of Harrison’s entry into war-torn Russia in early 1920, first-person impressions of many in the top Soviet leadership, and her increasingly dangerous work as a journalist and spy, to say nothing of her work on behalf of prisoners, her two arrests, and her eventual ten-month-long imprisonment, including in the infamous Lubyanka prison. Whisenhunt will explain who Harrison was, how she got into this kind of work, and give examples of her extraordinary work at this critical time in Russian history.

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