U.S. History News

New HAPP Occasional Paper: A 21st Century Vision for U.S. Global Media

Nov 15, 2012
The Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program is pleased to announce the publication of an Occasional Paper, “A 21st Century Vision for U.S. Global Media,” by Wilson Center Senior Scholar A. Ross Johnson and R. Eugene Parta.

Woodrow Wilson’s second term may be model for Barack Obama

Nov 08, 2012
With Steven Spielberg’s film “Lincoln” hitting theaters this Friday, there’s a lot of hype about what our next president — now that we know who he is — can learn from Honest Abe about running and healing a politically divided country. But as Barack Obama heads into his second term, there’s another president who may have just as much relevance as a role model: Woodrow Wilson.

On The Brink Part 5: The Cuban Missile Crisis 50 Years Later

Oct 26, 2012
In the latest chapter of our "On The Brink" series, we explore the meaning and relevance of the term, "nuclear order of battle" with Robert S. Norris from the Federation of American Scientists. If the worst had happened, how would escalation have occured? Norris' research is the first that attempts to answer this question.

On The Brink Part 1: The Cuban Missile Crisis 50 Years Later

Oct 26, 2012
50 years later, new research is shedding historical light on the tense and dangerous nuclear standoff between the US and USSR on the tiny island of Cuba. The first segment in a CONTEXT series marking the anniversary features Timothy Naftali who provides insight on the epic tale from the perspectives of Havana and Moscow.

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?

A Chronology of the History of the Soviet Bloc, 1945-1991: Part 1, 1945-1950

May 21, 2012
The Cold War History Research Center in Budapest is pleased to announce it has recently published "A Chronology of the History of the Soviet Bloc, 1945-1991: Part 1, 1945-1950" edited by Csaba Bekes, founding director of the Cold War History Research Center and visiting professor at Columbia University.

Conference Report: The Cold War: History, Memory, and Representation

Apr 25, 2012
H-Soz-u-Kult has released a report on the CWIHP co-sponsored conference The Cold War: History, Memory, Representation, which was held from 14-16 July 2011 at the European Academy in Berlin.

Gaddis Biography of George Kennan Wins Pulitzer Prize

Apr 17, 2012
Wilson Center Fellow and CWIHP Advisory Board member John Lewis Gaddis wins the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography

NKIDP Offsite Conference: “North Korea’s Cold War”

Jan 27, 2012
The North Korea International Documentation Project and The Ohio State University are pleased to announce an upcoming conference entitled North Korea’s Cold War.
Mara Drogan

Nuclear Boot Camp Participant Earns Ph.D. with Distinction

Nov 15, 2011
Nuclear Boot Camp participant Mara Drogan has completed her Ph.D. with distinction at the University at Albany. Her dissertation title is 'Atoms for Peace, US Foreign Policy, and the Globalization of Nuclear Technology, 1953-1960.'

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