Events

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The Contested Legacy of the Berlin Wall

October 17, 2011 // 4:00pm5:30pm
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.
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In Uncertain Times: American Foreign Policy after the Berlin Wall and 9/11

October 13, 2011 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Melvyn P. Leffler, former Wilson Center public policy scholar will discuss his latest book which considers how policymakers react to dramatic developments on the world stage.
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Liberty's Surest Guardian: American Nation-Building from Washington to Obama

October 04, 2011 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Jeremi Suri, provocative historian and one of Smithsonian magazine’s “Top Young Innovators,” takes on the idea of American exceptionalism and turns it into a playbook for President Obama over the next, vital few years.
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Why We Botch the Ends of Wars

October 03, 2011 // 4:00pm5:30pm
A persistent theme in American history in wartime is a failure to plan carefully for the aftermath of wars. Obsessed with the military aspects of their struggles, neither military nor civilian leaders pay close attention to political issues until the shooting is about to stop, making the achievement of a durable settlement dramatically harder.
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Dag Hammarskjold, His Critics, and the United Nations in 1956

September 26, 2011 // 4:00pm5:30pm
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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"Rogue States" and the United States: A Historical Perspective

September 19, 2011 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Vice President for Programs and Director of International Security Studies at the Woodrow Wilson Center Robert Litwak answers some of the biggest questions surrounding the relationship between today's "Rogue States" (North Korea, Libya, Iran) and the United States.
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“Rogue States” and the United States: An Historical Perspective

September 19, 2011 // 4:00pm5:30pm
What are the implications for the ongoing challenges to international order and American security posed by states such as Iran and North Korea? How can states that egregiously violate international norms be reintegrated into the “family” or “community” of nations?
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Iran 1953 and the Uses of Middle East History

September 12, 2011 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Former New York Times Istanbul Bureau Chief Stephen Kinzer ties together the events of the 1953 Iranian Coup, the evolution of present-day Iran and Turkey and the upheaval of today's "Arab Spring."
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Book Discussion: After Leaning to One Side: China and Its Allies in the Cold War

August 15, 2011 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar Shen Zhihua will discuss his latest book, After Leaning to One Side: China and Its Allies in the Cold War.
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The Wars of Afghanistan: Messianic Terrorism, Tribal Conflicts, and the Failures of Great Powers

July 13, 2011 // 4:00pm5:30pm
The Wars of Afghanistan offers perspective on how Afghanistan's history as a "shatter zone" for foreign invaders and its tribal society have shaped the modern Afghan narrative. It brings to life the misinformed secret operations by foreign intelligence agencies, including the Soviet NKVD and KGB, the Pakistani ISI, and the CIA.

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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
  • James Person // Deputy Director, History and Public Policy Program; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
  • Pieter Biersteker // Editorial Assistant
  • Laura Deal // Catalog Specialist
  • Charles Kraus // Program Assistant
  • Evan Pikulski // Program Assistant
  • Roy O. Kim // Program Assistant