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Webcast

The History of the End of the Cold War

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Jul 22, 2015
How did the Cold War really end? Did the history books get it right? And is there a connection between the end of that era and contemporary issues like Middle East turmoil and Putin’s Russia? Wilson Center Fellow Diana Negroponte is writing a book that will review the history of the end of the Cold War. She provides a preview in this edition of Wilson Center NOW. more

The Origins of Nuclear Cooperation

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Jul 20, 2015
The Origins of Nuclear Cooperation: A Critical Oral History Between Brazil and Argentina tells a unique and rich story about how two regional nuclear rivals de-escalated their nuclear rivalry in ways that promoted regional and international security. more

Seeking Historical Reconciliation: The U.S. Role in Fostering Relations Between Japan and South Korea

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July 23, 2015 // 10:30am12:00pm
Democratic ideals and cultural exchanges among nations have been seen as effective tools to encourage reconciliation between former adversaries. But that seemingly has not been the case in relations between Japan and South Korea, even if democratic values are shared. Wilson Center Fellow and Waseda University professor Toyomi Asano notes that it is important to share memories of the United States-led process of decolonization after the Japanese Empire’s defeat. more
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Tlatelolco Tested

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Jul 06, 2015
Ryan Musto explores the unprecedented role played by OPANAL, the control agency for the Latin American Nuclear Weapons Free Zone, in addressing the first accusations of a militaristic violation of a NWFZ in history during the Falklands/Malvinas War. more
Webcast

Ship of Miracles: Korea 1950

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Jun 30, 2015
In December of 1950, the crew of the SS Meredith Victory performed what the Guinness Book of World Records refers to as “the greatest rescue operation ever by a single ship.” One of the last surviving members of the crew, Admiral J. Robert Lunney, recounts the unlikely and amazing journey that ended when 14,000 refugees, and 5 babies born during the voyage, safely arrived on the island of Koje Do. more

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
  • Pieter Biersteker // Editorial Assistant
  • Laura Deal // Catalog Specialist
  • Charles Kraus // Program Associate
  • Evan Pikulski // 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