Communism Events

Hanoi's War: An International History of the War for Peace in Vietnam

September 21, 2012 // 12:30pm2:00pm
Cold War International History Project
"Hanoi's War" takes the reader from the marshy swamps of the Mekong Delta to the bomb-saturated Red River Delta, from the corridors of power in Hanoi and Saigon to the Nixon White House, and from the peace negotiations in Paris to high-level meetings in Beijing and Moscow, all to reveal that peace never had a chance in Vietnam.
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Soviet Soft Power and the Polish Thaw, 1953-1957

September 20, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
Though little is known about such efforts, Soviet cultural and propaganda institutions attempted to reach directly the hearts and minds of East European societies in Moscow’s new sphere of influence created after World War II. In the process, the Soviets squandered considerable human potential on their side, which could have promoted more effective soft power initiatives. Stalin’s death in 1953 offered new possibilities for reciprocal cultural relations and more flexible Soviet approach. Patryk Babiracki, Assistant Professor of History, University of Texas-Arlington, and Title VIII-Supported Research Scholar, Kennan Institute, will explain that other aspects of “the Thaw” in the USSR and Poland further complicated the work of Soviet international outreach institutions, revealing the limitations of Soviet soft power and of the Kremlin’s capacity to maintain empire.

OFF-SITE CONFERENCE: United Atoms in a Divided World: The Early History of the International Atomic Energy Agency

September 16, 2012 // 7:30pmSeptember 18, 2012 // 3:00pm
Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
The Department of Contemporary History at the University of Vienna in collaboration with the Wilson Center's Nuclear Proliferation International History Project will host an international conference on the history of the IAEA during the cold war years. The conference will cover a wide range of issues, including the creation of the Agency, its role in the nuclear non-proliferation regime, and the Agency's technical programs. Beyond that, the conference seeks to discuss the cultural, societal, and economic context of the IAEA's early history.
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Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam

September 05, 2012 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Cold War International History Project
Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for History.

OFFSITE - The Rise of a Multipolar World: Sino-European Relations in the Last Decades of the Cold War (1960s-1980s)

June 29, 2012 // 9:00amJuly 01, 2012 // 5:15pm
Cold War International History Project
Bringing together academics, diplomats, and newly declassified documentation, the conference will seek to determine how the Sino-Soviet split and the subsequent Sino-American engagement influenced Sino-European relations in the Cold War.
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The Failure of Democracy in Post-Soviet Eurasia

June 12, 2012 // 3:30pm5:30pm
Kennan Institute
Twenty years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, it is clear that democracy has failed to take root in most former Soviet republics. Based on extensive field research in the region, Kennan Institute Title VIII-Supported Research Scholars Jody LaPorte and Danielle Lussier will discuss the varieties of non-democratic regimes that have developed and will offer some explanations for the failure of democracy in Russia, Central Asia, and the Caucasus.
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Familiar Strangers in the Soviet Marketplace: Georgian Trade Networks between the Caucasus and Moscow

June 11, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
“Why were Georgian trade networks so successful?” asked Erik R. Scott, Title VIII-Supported Research Scholar, Kennan Institute, at an 11 June 2012 lecture. Georgian businessmen and their trade networks and products occupied a unique position in the informal economy in the Soviet Union and supplied many of the scarce and exotic goods Soviet consumers desired. Georgian trade networks exploited the mobility made possible by the porous internal borders of the Soviet Union. Scott characterized the Soviet Union as an “empire of diaspora” comprised of mobile ethnicities who could move and trade throughout the Union.

Book Discussion: "Russia: It Was a Long Time Ago and It Never Happened Anyway: Russia and the Communist Past"

April 02, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
David Satter, Senior Fellow, The Hudson Institute
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Moles, Defectors, and Deceptions: James Angleton and His Influence on US Counterintelligence

March 29, 2012 // 9:00am5:30pm
Cold War International History Project
A Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and Georgetown University Center for Peace & Security Studies joint conference.
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Stalin and Togliatti: Italy and the Origins of the Cold War

March 28, 2012 // 4:00pm5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
Elena Agarossi, professor of contemporary history at the Scuola Superiore di Pubblica Amministrazione in Rome and member of the Wilson Center European Alumni Association will lead a panel discussion on her latest book entitled Stalin and Togliatti: Italy and the Origins of the Cold War.

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