CWIHP Receives Major Grant from the Henry Luce Foundation for New China Initiative

Jul 25, 2003

The Woodrow Wilson Center's Cold War International History Project (CWIHP) has been awarded a three-year grant by the Henry Luce Foundation to support the Project's new "China Initiative." The CWIHP China Initiative aims at broadening U. S. expertise on the Cold War antecedents of China's foreign policy and at strengthening historical research and discourse on the Cold War throughout China. Despite the continuing difficulties faced by researchers in China, two recently-established Cold War research centers (in Beijing and Shanghai), established in partnership with CWIHP, are quickly emerging as institutional nodes for scholars committed to archival research and international collaboration. This institutional development significantly raises the prospects for archival and scholarly breakthroughs. The CWIHP China Initiative seeks to contribute to increasing understanding of China's role during the Cold War and the cultural, political, and strategic patterns underlying post-Cold War PRC foreign policy and to promote US-PRC dialogue and the modernization of China
by facilitating transparency and openness.

The CWIHP China Initiative builds on the Cold War International History
Project's accomplishments over the last decade in facilitating access to
formerly inaccessible archives and disseminating findings from the archives
of the former Communist world. The Project supports the full and prompt
release of historical materials by governments on all sides of the Cold War, and seeks to accelerate the process of integrating new sources, materials, and perspectives from non-US archives. It also seeks to transcend barriers of language, geography, and regional specialization to create new links among scholars interested in Cold War history. Among the activities
undertaken by the CWIHP are a periodic Bulletin and other publications to
disseminate new findings, views, and activities pertaining to Cold War
history; a fellowship program for young historians from the former Communist
bloc countries to conduct archival research and study Cold War history in
the United States; and international scholarly meetings, conferences, and
seminars.

The Henry Luce Foundation was established in 1936 by the late Henry R. Luce, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Time Inc. The foundation supports programs focusing on higher education; increased understanding between Asia and the United States; the study of religion and theology; scholarship in American art; opportunities for women in science and engineering; and environmental and public policy programs.

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