Cold War News

Japan Takes Center Stage

Apr 24, 2015
"When Prime Minister Abe took office at the end of 2012, he had two major goals: (1) shake the Japanese economy out the zombie-like state it had been in for 20 years, and (2) make Japan a 'normal' country with armed forces that could play an active role in support of Japanese interests...On the 'normal country' front he needed to rewrite the terms of the alliance with the United States so that Japan can become an active partner, not just a passive bystander. That is why the 'Defense Guidelines' will be major theme of Abe’s address to Congress," writes Marvin Ott.

How America Can Step Up Its Leadership Role in the Arctic

Apr 21, 2015
"A key question for the United States is whether the current complex geopolitical environment and tense atmosphere in Russian relations with the West will impinge future Arctic cooperation." writes James F. Collins.

Moscow's Twisted History Lessons

Mar 29, 2015
“This distorted approach to the past, which stresses Russian triumphs while dismissing Russian crimes, continues in the Kremlin’s current relations with Washington and the capitals of Western Europe,” writes Maxim Trudolyubov.

Debunked: Why There Won't Be Another Cold War

Mar 20, 2015
"The declaration of a “New Cold War” has come too soon, and the label does not fit," writes Matthew Rojansky and Rachel Salzman.

Putin’s war of words, decoded

Feb 26, 2015
"The message seems designed to signal that the Kremlin leadership still considers Ukraine an integral part of the nation," writes Elizabeth A. Wood.

2015 Summer Institute on Conducting Archival Research

Feb 18, 2015
The Wilson Center and the George Washington University seek applications from Ph.D. students from the US and abroad working on international relations and modern history for the 2015 Summer Institute on Conducting Archival Research (SICAR)

Analysis of President Obama’s announcement regarding the release of Alan Gross and the future of U.S.-Cuba relations

Dec 31, 2014
The announcement by President Obama of the release of U.S. contractor Alan Gross together with a long-imprisoned intelligence asset is welcome news. Their incarceration, along with the even greater numbers of Cubans who have been jailed in Cuba for trying to exercise their rights to freedom of speech and assembly, has long been a stumbling block in the relationship.

Offsite Event Agenda: Relations between China and its Neighboring Countries during the Cold War

Dec 18, 2014
ECNU's Center for Cold War International History Studies and the Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program will convene an international conference in Shanghai on "Relations between China and its Neighboring Countries during the Cold War: Archives and Documentation" from December 21-22, 2014.
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From the Velvet Revolution to Putin’s Russia: Is the Need for “Free Media” Greater Than Ever?

Nov 14, 2014
In this Context interview, A. Ross Johnson and Nenad Pejic reflect on the decline of independent media and the attempt to fill the information deficit in nations across the globe.
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Berlin 1989: Revisiting the Fall of the Wall

Nov 04, 2014
With the benefit of 25 years of hindsight, Duke University Professor Bruce Jentleson, looks back on the fall of the wall and its meaning then and now. He and NOW host John Milewski also discuss their firsthand experience in Berlin as part of a project that resulted in a televised town meeting between east and west Berlin residents that was seen nationally on C-SPAN.

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