The History and Public Policy Program uses history to improve understanding of important global dynamics, trends in international relations, and American foreign policy.
The History and Public Policy Program (HAPP) at the Woodrow Wilson Center focuses on the relationship between history and policy making.
A leader in uncovering and publishing policy-relevant documentation, the Program works with a global network to build next-generation research capacity, foster dialogue and debate on history, and push for greater archival access.
The Program manages DigitalArchive.org, an award-winning research tool with over 13,000 primary source documents; publishes the popular international history blog Sources and Methodsand other long-form works; and regularly convenes public events, academic conferences, and graduate student training sessions on historical topics, including the weekly Washington History Seminarseries, the Summer Institute on Conducting Archival Research, and the Nuclear History Boot Camp.
The History and Public Policy Program consists of three main research components:
- The Cold War International History Project (CWIHP), which facilitates access to historical materials held by governments on all sides of the Cold War.
- The North Korea International Documentation Project (NKIDP), a clearinghouse for documentary evidence on the secretive North Korean state.
- The Nuclear Proliferation International History Project (NPIHP), a global network of individuals and institutions engaged in the study of international nuclear history through archival documents.
Other ongoing initiatives include the Chinese Foreign Policy Database, a renewed effort to explore the archives of the former Soviet Union, and a project on the Cold War in the Middle East.