Communism Events

Peter Reddaway

The Evolution of Soviet Policies towards Dissidents

September 26, 2011 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
The talk will focus mainly on the factors that went into Soviet decision-making regarding policy towards dissident groups, and how the factors varied depending on the time period and the nature of each group. The speaker will also make use of archival materials that show how seriously the Soviet leaders took dissident issues and how the Politbureau was sometimes divided and even paralyzed for a year or two over what to do about them.
Webcast

A Changing North Korea? A Trip Report

September 14, 2011 // 4:00pm5:30pm
North Korea International Documentation Project
The North Korea International Documentation Project and the Korea Economic Institute of America will co-host a briefing on the recent trip of a group of U.S.-based scholars of modern Korean politics and history to North Korea.
Webcast

Human Rights Activism and the End of the Cold War: A Transnational History of the Helsinki Network

September 13, 2011 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Cold War International History Project
Sarah B. Snyder explores how, in the aftermath of the signing of the Helsinki Final Act, a transnational network of activists committed to human rights in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe made the topic a central element in East-West diplomacy.

The Phenomenon of Solidarity: Pictures From the History of Poland, 1980-1981

August 29, 2011 // 5:00pm7:00pm
Cold War International History Project
The Phenomenon of Solidarity commemorates the 30th anniversary of the founding of the movement, and highlights formative moments in its history.
Webcast

Book Discussion: After Leaning to One Side: China and Its Allies in the Cold War

August 15, 2011 // 4:00pm5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar Shen Zhihua will discuss his latest book, After Leaning to One Side: China and Its Allies in the Cold War.
Webcast

Cold War on the Home Front: The Soft Power of Midcentury Design

May 18, 2011 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Cold War International History Project
Greg Castillo, Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley will discuss his latest book, an in-depth history of how domestic goods and environments were exploited on both sides of the Iron Curtain to promote either capitalism or socialism.
James Meyer
Webcast

Muslims and the State in Late Imperial Russia and Today

May 16, 2011 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
Through analyzing the status of Muslim communities in late Imperial Russia, James Meyer, Assistant Professor, Department of History and Philosophy, Montana State University, and Title VIII-Supported Research Scholar, Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center, examined the current state of - and challenges facing - Muslim culture in modern-day Russia.
Olga Kazmina

The Russian Orthodox Church in the Post-Soviet Period: Challenges and Responses

April 25, 2011 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
Olga Kazmina, Professor, Department of Ethnology, Moscow State University; Visiting Fulbright Scholar, Department of Religion, Emory University; and Former Regional Exchange Scholar, Kennan Institute
Webcast

The Soviet Bloc as a Project of Globalization

April 21, 2011 // 12:00pm1:30pm
Cold War International History Project
During a discussion held at the Wilson Center, Elidor Mëhilli argued that economic cooperation within the Soviet bloc should be viewed as a project of globalization characterized by intellectual and technical exchanges and implicit competition with the west. Mëhilli, a doctoral candidate in European and Eurasian history at Princeton University, focused on Albania, calling the small country in Southeast Europe an important laboratory for the "socialist experiment" and a useful case study to understand the nature of socialist exchange.

Why There Is (Almost) No Post-Communist Christian Democracy

March 23, 2011 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Global Europe Program
Compared to their West European cousins, post-communist Christian Democratic parties are notable for their lack of success.

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