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Korea Foundation Junior Scholars Research Reports

February 23, 2012 // 4:00pm5:30pm
North Korea International Documentation Project
Korea Foundation Junior Scholars Ria Chae and Chaeryung Lee will present the results of their research conducted at the Woodrow Wilson Center from July 2011 through February 2012.
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Landmark Kennan Biography Chronicles Complex Life of Early Cold Warrior

February 15, 2012 // 3:00pm4:30pm
Cold War International History Project
Official biographer John Lewis Gaddis paints a fascinating and multidimensional portrait of George Kennan, the post-war diplomat who set forth containment doctrine, presaged the collapse of the Soviet Union, and, in later years, became an outspoken critic of U.S. foreign policy, including of the war in Vietnam. At the launch Wednesday of George F. Kennan: An American Life, Gaddis revealed the personality behind one of the 20th century’s great policy minds.

Azerbaijan: 20 Years of Independence

February 13, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
Mr. Hadjy-Zadeh will trace the evolution of Azerbaijan’s domestic politics since the fall of the Soviet Union, beginning with an overview of the movement for independence and the development of Azerbaijan’s new national identity, and continuing through the presidencies of Elchibey, Heydar Aliyev, and Ilham Aliyev. Mr. Hadjy-Zadeh will speak from his perspective as a political and economic analyst, as well as a former opposition party leader, to document the development of Azerbaijan into its current “pseudo-democratic” state, including the impact of the oil boom. Furthermore, he will mobilize his experience as Azerbaijan’s former Ambassador to Russia in order to provide an insider’s perspective on Azerbaijan’s foreign politics with Russia, the West, and its local neighbors, such as Turkey and Iran. Finally, Mr. Hadjy-Zadeh will highlight the current tensions arising in his country between movements for human rights and religious freedom and the rise of religious extremism.
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Barbary Coasts: North Africa, Colonialism, and the Mediterranean, c. 1820-2011

February 06, 2012 // 4:00pm5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
Wilson Center Fellow Julia Clancy-Smith discusses North Africa, Colonialism, and the Mediterranean from 1820 until present.

Revisiting "The Icon and the Axe" and Its Impact on Russian Studies

February 03, 2012 // 3:30pm5:30pm
Kennan Institute
Michael David-Fox will first speak about his own engagement with "The Icon and the Axe" and what it has meant for him during a quarter century studying and researching Russian and Soviet history. Eric Lohr will reflect upon how the "The Icon and the Axe" impacted his decision to pursue Russian studies and the impact of the book and Billington's Faces of Russia video series upon his students. Kathleen Parthé will focus on some of the reasons for the enduring appeal of "The Icon and the Axe" among a wide variety of readers.
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Foreign Relations of the United States Series: SALT I, 1969–1972

February 02, 2012 // 3:30pm5:00pm
Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
The Nuclear Proliferation International History Project in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State's Office of the Historian presents a panel discussion on the latest volume in the FRUS Series.
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The Role of the USIA in Implementing America’s Policy towards the Soviet Union: A Case Study of the Cuban Missile Crisis

January 31, 2012 // 3:00pm4:00pm
Cold War International History Project
Wilson Center ECNU Scholar Zhao Jike will present a work-in-progress presentation entitled The Role of the USIA in Implementing America’s Policy towards the Soviet Union: A Case Study of the Cuban Missile Crisis which examines the role of the USIA in implementing U.S. policy toward the Soviet Union during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
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Two Decades after El Salvador’s Peace Accords: Current Challenges

January 30, 2012 // 9:00am11:30am
Latin American Program
In the twenty years since the signing of the Peace Accords, El Salvador has made impressive progress in expanding political and media freedoms, reforming the military and security forces, lowering rates of poverty and inequality, improving respect for human rights, and reforming electoral institutions. Today, however, El Salvador faces unprecedented security and economic challenges. An upsurge in transnational crime, including narcotics, weapons, and human trafficking, has intersected with longstanding problems of gang violence such that El Salvador suffers one of the highest homicide rates in the world. El Salvador’s economy continues to struggle amidst the global recession and weak economic recovery in the United States, the country’s largest export market.
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Marigold: The Lost Chance for Peace in Vietnam

January 24, 2012 // 3:30pm5:30pm
Cold War International History Project
Marigold presents the in-depth story of one of the Vietnam War's last great mysteries: the secret Polish-Italian peace initiative, codenamed "Marigold," that sought to end the war, or at least to open direct talks between Washington and Hanoi, in 1966.

Monument Wars across the Post-Soviet Space as a Conflict of Memories and Cultures

January 23, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
The destruction of the monuments of the Soviet past and a buildup of new monuments was supposed to be an indication of the new values that came to the post-Soviet societies after the collapse of the Soviet system. However, not everywhere and not always did it happen to be true. While in Poland the new monuments were accepted by the society in appreciative manner, in Ukraine, Estonia, and Georgia we watched the so-called phenomenon of “The War of the Monuments” when the removal of the old monuments and creation of the new ones was followed by protests and sometimes even riots. Around Russia many old monuments to Lenin remained at place while new monuments to the Russian tsars were erected. All of this basically resulted with a chaos of the views and attitudes and led to the devaluation of the monument as a symbol in the post-Soviet space.

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