Wilson Center Experts

Bernd Schaefer

Senior Scholar
Cold War International History Project

Cold War
Diplomatic History
North Korea
South Korea
Southeast Asia
Professional Lecturer, The George Washington University.
Wilson Center Project(s):
"Communist East Asia and the Challenge to the 'Superpowers'"
Jun 01, 2012
Sep 30, 2013

Dr. Bernd Schaefer is Cold War International History Project Senior Research Scholar. Previously he was a research fellow at the German Historical Institute in Washington D.C. and the Hannah Arendt Institute at the Technical University of Dresden. He also served four years as secretary for the East German Catholic Church's Stasi lustration commission in Berlin. He is also a former fellow of the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C.

B.A. and M.A., University of Tübingen; MPA, Harvard University; Ph.D., Martin Luther University, Halle

Major Publications

    • 1965 - Indonesia and the World, edited with Baskara Wardaya (Jakarta: Gramedia, 2013)
    • Ostpolitik, 1969–1974: European and Global Responses, edited with Carole Fink (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009)
    • The East German State and the Catholic Church, 1945-1989 (New York: Berghahn, 2011)
    • Overconfidence Shattered: North Korean Unification Policy, 1971-1975, (NKIDP Working Paper #2, 2011)
    • Historical Justice in International Perspective: How Societies are Trying to Right the Wrongs of the Past, edited with Manfred Berg (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009)
    • North Korean ‘Adventurism' and China's Long Shadow, 1966-1972 (CWIHP Working Paper # 44, 2004);
    • American Détente and German Ostpolitik, 1969-1972 (Washington, DC: German Historical Institute, 2004)
    • Stasi Files and GDR Espionage against the West, (Oslo Institute for Defence Studies, 2002)
    • Staat und katholische Kirche in der GDR, 1945-1989 (Boehlau: Weimar, 2nd ed. 1999)
Previous Terms at the Wilson Center:
June 1, 2007 - September 30, 2011: "Tigers in the Valley: East Asia and the Superpowers, 1968-1976"

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