Live Webcast: Congress and the Cold War

December 01, 2005 // 3:00pm5:00pm
A roundtable discussion on new scholarship and research on Congress and the Cold War

Engineering Communism: How Two Americans Spied for Stalin and Founded the Soviet Silicon Valley

October 26, 2005 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Discover the Cold War story of Joel Barr and Alfred Sarant, comrades who spied for the Soviet Union during World War II as members of Julius Rosenberg's espionage operation and later fled behind the Iron Curtain, where they were among the founders of the Soviet microelectronics and computer industries. Through his personal access to Barr and newly declassified documents, Steven Usdin sheds new light on the motives and tradecraft of American espionage agents, and the significance of the technology that the Rosenberg group gave to the Soviet Union. He will describe failed FBI counter-intelligence blunders that could have halted the flow of intelligence to the Soviets and describe the previously unknown American origins of the Soviet Silicon Valley. Audio of this event is now available.

Live Webcast: The Cold War and Contemporary Conflict - Lessons From The Past

October 21, 2005 // 2:00pm4:00pm
Saki Ruth Dockrill, James Carafano, and Tom Nichols will hold a roundtable discussion on connections between the end of the Cold War and present conflicts. Video for this event is now available.

Hungary in the Soviet Empire, 1945-1956: New Evidence, New Interpretations

October 07, 2005 // 12:00pm1:30pm
Laszlo Borhi, currently Holder of the Hungarian Chair, Indiana University, will discuss the major conclusions of his recent book, Hungary in the Cold War, 1945-1956 (Central European University Press, 2004). Based on new archival evidence, the book examines Soviet Empire building in Hungary and the American response.

Final Acts: A Guide to Preserving the Records of Truth Commissions

September 28, 2005 // 4:00pm6:00pm
With author Trudy Huskamp PetersonFinal Acts is a guide to questions of law, politics, physical preservation, and access regarding materials generated by the 20 truth commissions that have completed the work of examining and reporting on the abuses of deposed regimes.

The World Was Going Our Way: The KGB and the Battle for the Third World,Newly Revealed Secrets from the Mitrokhin Archive

September 27, 2005 // 4:00pm6:00pm
with author Christopher Andrew, Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at Cambridge University. Drawing on the treasure trove of secrets revealed by the Mitrokhin archive--which has been described by the FBI as "the most complete and extensive intelligence ever achieved from any source"--The World Was Going Our Way: The KGB and the Battle for the Third World - Newly Revealed Secrets from the Mitrokhin Archive (Basic Books; September 20, 2005) corroborates previously disclosed information and reveals stark new insights into KGB operations in Latin America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East from the start of the Cold War through the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and beyond. Video is now available.

Prospects for Creating a Multilateral Security Structure in Northeast Asia

September 14, 2005 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Drawing on extensive experience creating multilateral security structures for Europe and long study of Korean security issues, Amb. Goodby will discuss whether the time is ripe to begin to create a multilateral security structure for Northeast Asia.

Book Launch: "Looking Back at LBJ: White House Politics in a New Light"

June 22, 2005 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Featuring Mitchell Lerner, Ohio State University; Mark Lawrence, University of Texas at Austin; David Shreve, University of Virginia; and Peter Hahn, Ohio State University

Book Launch: "A Cardboard Castle? An Inside History of the Warsaw Pact, 1955-1991"

June 09, 2005 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Featuring Malcolm Byrne, National Security Archive; and Vojtech Mastny, Woodrow Wilson CenterComments by Gen William Odom, US Army (ret.) and Lawrence Kaplan, Kent State University.

Book Launch -- The Ransom of the Jews. The Story of the Extraordinary Secret Bargain between Romania and Israel

June 01, 2005 // 4:00pm5:30pm
a discussion with author Radu Ioanid and former US Ambassador to Romania Alfred H. Moses


Upcoming Events

Australia and the Bomb

January 28, 2015 // 2:00pm3:30pm

Greece and EEC Membership: Was it a Mistake?

February 03, 2015 // 3:00pm5:00pm

Codename Nikolaus

March 16, 2015 // 1:00pm2:00pm

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