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The Persistent Legacy

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May 19, 2015
Despite its legal status, Germany has never been an ordinary nuclear weapons state. In "The Persistent Legacy: Germany's Place in the Nuclear Order," Andreas Lutsch explores the historical dimensions of Germany's ambiguous position in the global nuclear order and re-examines Germany's efforts to revise its NATO role as a host for US nuclear weapons. more

From Free Europe to Free Poland: Free Europe Committee in the Cold War

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May 14, 2015
This report summarizes five panel discussions and the workshop of a symposium “From Free Europe to Free Poland: Free Europe Committee during the Cold War,” held at Gdańsk University on September 5-6, 2014. The conference was sponsored by the University of Gdańsk, the European Solidarity Center, and the Institute of National Remembrance, with assistance from the Wilson Center, Leiden University, Helena History Press, Hoover Institution Archives, Open Society Archives, and Polish Radio. more

Chinese Foreign Policy Database

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May 14, 2015
The Wilson Center’s History and Public Policy Program unveiled the Chinese Foreign Policy Database, an online resource containing nearly 1,500 declassified documents on the international relations of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) since 1949. The freely-accessible database fills the critical need for sources and reliable information relating to China’s foreign policies. more

Cold War Crucible: The Korean Conflict and the Postwar World

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June 25, 2015 // 9:00am10:30am
Masuda Hajimu will discuss his new book, Cold War Crucible: The Korean Conflict and the Postwar World, asking, what, really, was the Cold War? more

Bursting the Plutonium Bubble: How Utopian Communities Made Dystopian Nuclear Landscapes

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May 18, 2015 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Historian Kate Brown draws on official records and dozens of interviews to tell the extraordinary stories of Richland, Washington and Ozersk, Russia – the first two cities in the world to produce plutonium. To contain secrets, American and Soviet leaders created plutopias – communities of nuclear families living in highly-subsidized, limited-access atomic cities. Brown shows that the plants' segregation of permanent and temporary workers and of nuclear and non-nuclear zones created a bubble of immunity, where dumps and accidents were glossed over and plant managers freely embezzled and polluted. more

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Experts & Staff

  • Christian F. Ostermann // Director, History and Public Policy Program; Global Europe; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
  • Laura Deal // Catalog Specialist
  • Pieter Biersteker // Editorial Assistant
  • Charles Kraus // Program Associate
  • Evan Pikulski // Program Assistant
  • Roy O. Kim // Program Assistant
  • James Person // Deputy Director, History and Public Policy Program; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project