Soviet Union Events

Foreign Relations of the United States and the Cuban Missile Crisis

October 23, 2012 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Cold War International History Project
The Cold War International History Project in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State’s Office of the Historian presents a panel discussion, Foreign Relations of the United States and the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Thirteen Days and More: A Soviet Perspective on the Cuban Missile Crisis

September 24, 2012 // 4:00pm5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
Fifty years ago, the world spent thirteen days transfixed as the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. engaged in a contest of wills over placement of Soviet missiles in Cuba. Svetlana Savranskaya will discuss behind-the-scenes maneuvers by Soviet second-in-command Anastas Mikoyan, revealing that the crisis lasted into November and involved plans by the U.S.S.R. to leave tactical nuclear weapons in Cuba, foiled not by U.S. resolve, but by Fidel Castro’s own actions.

The Global Offensive: The United States, the Palestine Liberation Organization, and the Making of the Post-Cold War Order

September 24, 2012 // 12:30pm2:00pm
Cold War International History Project
In "The Global Offensive," historian Paul Thomas Chamberlin offers new insights into the rise of the Palestine Liberation Organization in its full international context.
Webcast

Soviet Soft Power and the Polish Thaw, 1953-1957

September 20, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
Though little is known about such efforts, Soviet cultural and propaganda institutions attempted to reach directly the hearts and minds of East European societies in Moscow’s new sphere of influence created after World War II. In the process, the Soviets squandered considerable human potential on their side, which could have promoted more effective soft power initiatives. Stalin’s death in 1953 offered new possibilities for reciprocal cultural relations and more flexible Soviet approach. Patryk Babiracki, Assistant Professor of History, University of Texas-Arlington, and Title VIII-Supported Research Scholar, Kennan Institute, will explain that other aspects of “the Thaw” in the USSR and Poland further complicated the work of Soviet international outreach institutions, revealing the limitations of Soviet soft power and of the Kremlin’s capacity to maintain empire.

OFF-SITE CONFERENCE: United Atoms in a Divided World: The Early History of the International Atomic Energy Agency

September 16, 2012 // 7:30pmSeptember 18, 2012 // 3:00pm
Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
The Department of Contemporary History at the University of Vienna in collaboration with the Wilson Center's Nuclear Proliferation International History Project will host an international conference on the history of the IAEA during the cold war years. The conference will cover a wide range of issues, including the creation of the Agency, its role in the nuclear non-proliferation regime, and the Agency's technical programs. Beyond that, the conference seeks to discuss the cultural, societal, and economic context of the IAEA's early history.
Webcast

Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam

September 05, 2012 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Cold War International History Project
Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for History.
Webcast
Podcast

Militant Liberty: A Comparative Study of the Scope and Limits of the Aggressive Ideological Strategy during the Early Phase of the Cold War

August 08, 2012 // 3:00pm4:30pm
Cold War International History Project
ECNU-WWICS Scholar Zhang Yang will give a presentation entitled "Militant Liberty: A Comparative Study of the Scope and Limits of the Aggressive Ideological Strategy during the Early Phase of the American Cold War."
Webcast

Trilateralism and Beyond

July 10, 2012 // 3:30pm5:00pm
North Korea International Documentation Project
Please join us on July 10 for the book launch of "Trilateralism and Beyond," which brings together a collection of essays by leading American, South Korean, and Japanese scholars that probe the historical dynamics formed and driven by the Korean security dilemma.
Webcast
Podcast

The Failure of Democracy in Post-Soviet Eurasia

June 12, 2012 // 3:30pm5:30pm
Kennan Institute
Twenty years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, it is clear that democracy has failed to take root in most former Soviet republics. Based on extensive field research in the region, Kennan Institute Title VIII-Supported Research Scholars Jody LaPorte and Danielle Lussier will discuss the varieties of non-democratic regimes that have developed and will offer some explanations for the failure of democracy in Russia, Central Asia, and the Caucasus.
Webcast
Podcast

Familiar Strangers in the Soviet Marketplace: Georgian Trade Networks between the Caucasus and Moscow

June 11, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
“Why were Georgian trade networks so successful?” asked Erik R. Scott, Title VIII-Supported Research Scholar, Kennan Institute, at an 11 June 2012 lecture. Georgian businessmen and their trade networks and products occupied a unique position in the informal economy in the Soviet Union and supplied many of the scarce and exotic goods Soviet consumers desired. Georgian trade networks exploited the mobility made possible by the porous internal borders of the Soviet Union. Scott characterized the Soviet Union as an “empire of diaspora” comprised of mobile ethnicities who could move and trade throughout the Union.

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