Soviet Union Events

Webcast

Jackson-Vanik after Russia’s Accession to the WTO (Offsite)

December 13, 2011 // 12:00pm1:15pm
Wilson Center on the Hill
On 13 December 2011, a panel of experts presented on Capitol Hill as part of the Wilson Center on the Hill program to discuss the status of the Jackson-Vanik Amendment following Russia’s accession to the WTO. For video of the Wilson Center on the Hill briefing, including commentary from Woodrow Wilson Center CEO and President Jane Harman, please click here.

Book Discussion: Showcasing the Great Experiment: Cultural Diplomacy and Western Visitors to the Soviet Union, 1921-1941

December 01, 2011 // 3:30pm5:30pm
Kennan Institute
During the 1920s and 1930s thousands of European and American writers, professionals, scientists, and artists came to record their impressions of the "Soviet experiment." The interwar pilgrimage of these Western intellectuals and fellow-travelers remains one of the most notorious episodes in the political and intellectual history of the twentieth century. This talk presents findings from Michael David-Fox’s latest book, based on extensive research in formerly secret Soviet archives.

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.

Peasants Under Siege: The Collectivization of Romanian Agriculture, 1949-1962—On Creating Communist Authority in Everyday Life

November 16, 2011 // 12:00pm1:30pm
Global Europe Program
Gail Kligman, professor of sociology at UCLA and director of UCLA's Center for European and Eurasian Studies will discuss her latest book entitled Peasants Under Siege which explores the collectivization campaign in Romania (1949-1962) and its far-reaching effects.
Webcast
Podcast

“Trust, but Verify” Confidence and Distrust from Détente to the End of the Cold War

November 07, 2011 // 4:00pmNovember 09, 2011 // 12:00pm
History and Public Policy Program
“Trust, but Verify” Confidence and Distrust from Détente to the End of the Cold War, co-sponsored by the German Historical Institute (DC) and the History and Public Policy Program.
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CWIHP Hosts International Conference on Iran-Iraq War with the National Defense University Conflict Records Research Center

October 26, 2011 // 9:45amOctober 27, 2011 // 4:00pm
Cold War International History Project
This conference is being held in connection with the release, by the National Defense University and CWIHP, of a new collection of documents detailing conversations between Saddam Hussein and his generals and officials during the Iran-Iraq War.
Webcast

The Contested Legacy of the Berlin Wall

October 17, 2011 // 4:00pm5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
Hope Harrison, Wilson Center public policy scholar speaks on the mixed legacy of the Berlin Wall in German consciousness and history, in regards to the recent efforts to preserve parts of the wall.

Book Discussion: Citizens in the Making in Post-Soviet States

October 11, 2011 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
The political outlook of young people in the countries of the former Soviet Union is crucial to their countries’ future political development. This is particularly relevant now as the first generation without firsthand experience of communism at first hand is approaching adulthood. Based on extensive original research and including new survey research amongst young people, this book examines young people’s political outlook in countries of the former Soviet Union; it compares and contrasts Russia, where authoritarianism has begun to reassert itself, and Ukraine, which experienced a democratic breakthrough in the aftermath of the Orange Revolution.
Webcast

Dag Hammarskjold, His Critics, and the United Nations in 1956

September 26, 2011 // 4:00pm5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
Wm. Roger Louis from the University of Texas discusses the extremely significant role of Dag Hammarskjold in the 1956 Suez Crisis, a pivotal point in UN history with an impact still felt in today's peacekeeping missions.

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