Communism News

Historical Perspective on the Purge of Jang Song Thaek

Dec 17, 2013
The December 2013 purge and execution of Jang Song Thaek, who was often described as the No. 2 in North Korea, came four months after the ruling Korean Worker’s Party announced that the Ten Points of the Monolithic Ideological System, the basic tenets of the unitary leadership system in North Korea, had been updated for the new leader, Kim Jong Un.

Call for Papers - The Cold War on Film: Then and Now

Nov 07, 2013
An international conference on ‘The Cold War on Film: Then and Now’ will be held at the German Historical Institute in Moscow, Russia, on 19-20 September 2014. The conference is supported by Wilson Center in Washington, DC, the University of Hertfordshire in the UK, and the German Historical Institute in Moscow.

HAPP Digital Archive Wins the 2013 Roy Rosenzweig Prize for Innovation in Digital History

Nov 05, 2013
“Digital Archive: International History Declassified,” has been selected as the winner of the 2013 Roy Rosenzweig Prize for Innovation in Digital History from the American Historical Association.

Latin American Program in the News: Augusto Pinochet's Military Coup Observed In Chile 40 Years Later

Sep 12, 2013
This article reflects on the impact that the Chilean military coup, led by Augusto Pinochet, continues to have on Chilean society and its' political system 40 years later. Cynthia Arnson discusses the role the U.S. played in the coup and the impact is has had on the intelligence community.

East European Studies Short-term Research Scholarships

Jun 07, 2013
The Wilson Center's Global Europe Program is now accepting applications for the EES Short-term Grant competition, which is open to academic experts and practitioners, including advanced graduate students, engaged in specialized research requiring access to Washington, DC and its research institutions. Grants are for one month and include residence at the Wilson Center. Candidates must be U.S. citizens, in order to be considered eligible for this grant opportunity. The deadline for this grant cycle is: September 1, 2013.

Donga Daily Carries Profile of NKIDP Coordinator James Person

Jun 03, 2013
Donga Daily recently carried a profile of NKIDP Coordinator James Person, highlighting Person's research on the origins and evolution of North Korea’s Juche ideology as well as the recent work of NKIDP.

Venona Project and Vassiliev Notebooks Index and Concordance

May 31, 2013
This index and concordance indexes twenty-one volumes of KGB archival material: nine notebooks written by Alexander Vassiliev and twelve compilations of the Soviet international telegraphic cables deciphered by the U.S. National Security Agency’s Venona project.

The Woodrow Wilson Center Announces 2013 – 2014 Fellowship Class

May 30, 2013
Jane Harman, director, president & CEO of the Wilson Center, is pleased to announce the members of the 2013-2014 fellowship class. The 21 fellows, most of whom are expected to start September 2013, include scholars and practitioners from the United States, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, the Netherlands, and New Zealand.

Fall 2013 CWIHP Internship Opportunities

May 08, 2013
The Wilson Center's Cold War International History Project (CWIHP) is currently accepting internship applications for the Fall 2013 academic semester.

The Logic and Limits of Political Reform in China

May 07, 2013
In the 1990s China embarked on a series of political reforms intended to increase, however modestly, political participation to reduce the abuse of power by local officials. Although there was initial progress, these reforms have largely stalled and, in many cases, gone backward. If there were sufficient incentives to inaugurate reform, why wasn't there enough momentum to continue and deepen them? This book approaches this question by looking at a number of promising reforms, understanding the incentives of officials at different levels, and the way the Chinese Communist Party operates at the local level. The short answer is that the sort of reforms necessary to make local officials more responsible to the citizens they govern cut too deeply into the organizational structure of the party.

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