August 15, 2011 // 3:00pm — 3:45pm
The Woodrow Wilson Center is pleased to announce an important new project, the ECNU-Wilson Center Cold War Studies Initiative which is a natural outgrowth of the longstanding, close relationship between the Wilson Center's flagship Cold War International History Project (CWIHP) and East China Normal University's (ECNU) Cold War International Studies Center.
July 14, 2011 // 7:00pm — 10:00pm
Co-sponsored by the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Freie Universitat Berlin, this international and interdisciplinary conference will discuss the main features of the East-West conflict, probe its conflicting memories and analyze its cultural representations.
July 13, 2011 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
The Wars of Afghanistan offers perspective on how Afghanistan's history as a "shatter zone" for foreign invaders and its tribal society have shaped the modern Afghan narrative. It brings to life the misinformed secret operations by foreign intelligence agencies, including the Soviet NKVD and KGB, the Pakistani ISI, and the CIA.
July 07, 2011 // 9:30am — 1:00pm
In cooperation with CWIHP, the Slavic Research Center at Hokkaido University is organizing a conference on Alliances and Borders in the Making and Unmaking of Regional Powers.
June 16, 2011 // 3:00pm — 4:00pm
Fuat Keyman, Director, Istanbul Policy Center and Professor of International Relations, Sabanci University (Turkey)
June 16, 2011 // 9:30am — 11:00am
Christoph Bluth, professor of international studies at the University of Leeds will discuss his on-going research on the history of the Mutual and Balanced Force Reductions (MBFR) negotiations.
May 26, 2011 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
The current conflict in Afghanistan looms large in the collective consciousness of Americans. What has the United States achieved, and how will it withdraw without sacrificing those gains? Artemy Kalinovsky's latest book entitled A Long Goodbye: The Soviet Withdrawal from Afghanistan discusses how the Soviet Union confronted these same questions in the 1980s, and how the USSR's nine-year struggle to extricate itself from Afghanistan and bring its troops home provides a sobering perspective on exit options in the region.
May 24, 2011 // 10:00am — 11:00am
Angelos Giannakopoulos, Assistant Professor,Department of History and Sociology, University of Konstanz, Germany
May 23, 2011 // 2:00pm — 3:00pm
Anita Orban, Ambassador-at-Large for Energy Security, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hungary
May 19, 2011 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
Death and Redemption examines the Gulag's role defining the border between reintegration into society and permanent removal through death. Steven Barnes focuses on Kazakhstan's Karaganda region, a location that hosted a number of Soviet detention institutions, and suggests that the Gulag should be construed as a "corrective facility," which gave its occupants a final chance to prove themselves through forced labor. Those who succeeded returned home after years of brutal, forced labor; the ones who "failed" died. Barnes traces the evolution of the Gulag from its origins post-1917, immediately following the Russian Revolution up to the death of Stalin in 1953. The author draws on recently declassified materials from Russia and Kazakhstan, including memoirs of survivors, to show that the Gulag as an institution remained closely linked to the Soviet idea of creating an utopian socialist society.