History Publications

Fraternal Support: The East German ‘Stasi’ and the Democratic Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam War

Sep 30, 2014
Former Wilson Center Fellow Martin Grossheim examines the relationship between the East Germany Stasi and Vietnam, arguing that despite its "second-tier" status in the socialist world, the GDR had a profound impact on the development and evolution of state socialism in Vietnam. more

Eliminating an Existential Threat: the Armenian Genocide, 1915-1916

Sep 26, 2014
Interview with Ronald Suny, Kennan Institute Title VIII Short-term Scholar, and Professor of History, University of Michigan, on August 11, 2014. Kennan Institute Project "The Armenian Genocide, 1915-1916." more

A century after WWI, Russia again imperial

Sep 15, 2014
Vladimir Putin and his re-drawing of the map of Ukraine have once again reminded the world of the instability that accompanies imperial thinking. The age of empire collapsed in the aftermath of World War I, but Putin has used the 100th anniversary of the Great War to assert Russia's imperial mission in a decidedly post-colonial world. more

Stasi Aid and the Modernization of the Vietnamese Secret Police

Aug 20, 2014
Martin Grossheim tells the little-known story of East German assistance in modernizing North Vietnam’s security apparatus from the beginning of the Vietnam War in 1965 to the end of the Cold War in 1989. more

"To the people of Israel, this could, one day, become a mortal danger"

Jun 12, 2014
Or Rabinowitz examines Israeli PM Menachem Begin's 1979 letter to Margaret Thatcher regarding Pakistan's nuclear program. more

The Making of the Nuclear Suppliers Group, 1974-1976

Apr 16, 2014
Declassified Documents Show Henry Kissinger’s Major Role in the 1974 Initiative That Created the Nuclear Suppliers Group more

The Taiwan Relations Act: The Past and the Future

Apr 08, 2014
Professor Xiaobo Hu counsels that the United States should give priority to the promotion of peaceful relations across the Taiwan Strait, and to the maintenance of stable and constructive ties with both Taipei and Beijing. Toward those ends, Hu argues, Washington should undertake a comprehensive review of the TRA and the policy of “strategic ambiguity” that has characterized U.S. Taiwan Strait policy for many years. more

The Taiwan Relations Act: Still Essential in Changing Times

Mar 25, 2014
Retired State Department official David Keegan argues that the TRA has protected the interests of both Taiwan and the United States over the past 35 years, but adds that Washington needs to integrate Taipei more clearly into its China policy, including U.S. security planning for China’s maritime periphery. more

Why Did Russia Give Away Crimea Sixty Years Ago?

Mar 19, 2014
In 1954 the Soviet Union transferred control of Crimea to Soviet Ukraine. Mark Kramer (Harvard) explains the reasons behind this surprising decision, one which has come back to haunt Ukraine today with tragic consequences. more

The Taiwan Relations Act: A Mid-Life Crisis at 35?

Mar 18, 2014
In this policy brief, Professor Dennis Hickey of Missouri State University urges the U.S. Congress to resist the temptation to use Taiwan as a “political football” or to micromanage relations with Taiwan. more

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Dialogue

The Future of Higher Education

Mar 26, 2014Apr 02, 2014

Jeff Abernathy and Richard Morrill discuss how colleges and universities are dealing with rapidly rising costs and how the United States can still compete for students in a globalized environment.