As we approach the 43rd anniversary of the building of the Berlin Wall, most people, when asked, "Whom was to blame for the erection of the Berlin Wall?" would answer: the Soviets. But history is more complex.
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22 July. The conference's theme is the communist security apparatus in the countries occupied by the Soviet Union (Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia) and the Soviet bloc states in Europe (Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, the German Democratic Republic, Hungary, Poland and Romania). The organizers invite interested historians to submit paper proposals.
CWIHP Conference: Western Broadcasting in the Cold War New Evidence from former Communist Archives on the Impact of Western RadioJul 22, 2004
22 July. The Cold War International History Project (CWIHP) and the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and will organize a conference to examine the impact of Western broadcasting, especially Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty, during the Cold War. The conference will be held at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, on 13-15 October 2004
CWIHP Call for Papers: At the Roots of the European Security System: Thirty Years Since the Helsinki Final ActJul 07, 2004
7 July 2004. The 30th anniversary of the Helsinki Final Act in 2005 is certain to bring about a whole harvest of conferences and commemorative events. These are likely to focus mainly on the CSCE's accomplishment in making human rights an indispensable requirement of a legitimate and well-functioning international system. While not trying to detract from the importance of this signal accomplishment, the proposed conference, by focusing on the "roots of European security," aims at the larger picture, of which the human rights issue is an integral, but only one, part. At issue is the significance of the CSCE for the redefinition and expansion of the meaning of security, resulting in increased importance of its nonmilitary ingredients at the expense of the military ones that is characteristic of today's remarkably stable and peaceful European security system—-a potential model for other parts of the world.
Former CWIHP director James G. Hershberg published an Op-ed on the end of the Cold War in the 27 June 2004 issue of the Washington Post (page B01). Read the article and the "Live Chat" on washingtonpost.com.