Cold War News

On the Brink Part 4: The Cuban Missile Crisis 50 Years Later

Oct 24, 2012
New research is shedding additional historical light on the Cold War's iconic nuclear standoff between the US and USSR. CONTEXT has been looking back on what we're learning with an eye toward the lessons that apply today. In part 4 of our "On The Brink" series, James Hershberg tells us why new documents show us that, "this is not our parent's Cuban Missile Crisis."

NKIDP materials continue to inform discussion of inter-Korean relations in South Korea

Oct 22, 2012
Documents on the inter-Korean dialogue in the 1970s released by NKIDP continue to be cited by Korean scholars, who are now questioning North Korea’s recent attacks on the Yushin constitution in light of the fact that there were no criticisms at the time Yushin was declared in 1972.
NPIHP-IDSA Delegation at National Archives of India

Indian Government Announces Major Release of Foreign Policy Documents at NPIHP-IDSA Workshop in New Delhi

Oct 17, 2012
India's Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has just announced the impending release of 220,000 newly declassified files on India's foreign policy history. Speaking at an NPIHP-Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) workshop on "The Early Years of Nuclear Cooperation and Non-Proliferation" in New Delhi, MEA Special Secretary Pinak Chakravarty explained that "It is understandable that the historical evolution of our nuclear policy and development of strategic thinking in this area is a matter of considerable academic interest ... We welcome academic inquiry and analysis on this subject."

Dong-a Ilbo: Why North Korea did not criticize South Korea when it declared the Yushin Constitution in October 1972 revealed

Oct 17, 2012
A recent article in the Dong-a Ilbo cites evidence obtained and disseminated by NKIDP to explain why North Korea did not criticize South Korea following the declaration of the Yushin Constitution in October 1972.

NKIDP e-Dossier No. 11 profiled in South Korean media

Oct 01, 2012
The release of NKIDP e-Dossier no.11, “Explaining North Korean Migration to China,” was reported widely upon by the South Korean press, with articles appearing in Joongang Daily, Donga Daily, Yonhap News Agency, and Hankook Daily and broadcasts appearing on MBN .

CWIHP Director Christian Ostermann helps launch Cold War “Black Box” at Berlin’s Checkpoint Charlie

Sep 21, 2012
Christian F. Ostermann is interviewed about the a new pop-up museum exhibit at the former site of Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin.

Chernobyl: From Early Warnings to the Aftermath

Sep 20, 2012
NPIHP is pleased to announce the addition of new documents on the Chernobyl nuclear disaster to its online Digital Archive. Four documents chart the unfolding crisis, from early warning signs, to the first urgent report of a catastrophic accident, to post-disaster analysis tracking the radioactive fallout from Ukraine.

Call for Applications: Summer Institute on Conducting Archival Research

Sep 17, 2012
George Washington University’s Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies is pleased to announce the 11th annual Summer Institute on Conducting Archival Research (SICAR). This prestigious five-day seminar will be held in Washington, D.C., from 20-24 May, 2013.

OFF-SITE Workshop: Cold War Culture - The Global Conflict and its Legacies in Germany since 1945

Sep 10, 2012
The Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS), in cooperation with Cambridge University and the "Germany and the World in the Age of Glibalization" project, are pleased to announce a workshop to discuss current research on Cold War Germany from various thematic perspectives and to raise new questions on the societal impact of this global conflict. The workshop will be held at the FRIAS School of History in Germany from 19 September 2012 to 21 September 2012.

Thoughts on Strategy from a Career Ambassador

Sep 05, 2012
Both Washington and Beijing consider good bilateral relations of vital importance. But their growing strategic rivalry has the potential to evolve into mutual antagonism. The hard reality is that China and the United States will not be able to lessen strategic mistrust unless and until they are prepared to address a central question: is there an array of military deployments and normal operations that will permit China to defend its core interests while allowing America to continue fully to meet its defense responsibilities in the region and protect vital U.S. interests?

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