The London School of Economics' International History Department and LSE-IDEAS are soliciting abstracts for a conference entitled "The End of the Cold War and the Third World." The conference, co-sponsored by the LSE HEIF 4 Bid Fund will take place on September 25-26, 2009 in London.

Most of the recent scholarship on the end of the Cold War has focused on Europe or bilateral U.S.-Soviet relations. By contrast, relatively little has been written on the end of the Cold War in the Third World: in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. How did the great transformation of the world in the late 1980s affect regional conflicts and client relationships? Who "won" and who "lost" in the Third World and why do so many Cold War-era problems remain unresolved?

To address these gaps in scholarship, the International History Department of the London School of Economics and LSE-IDEAS are organizing a two-day conference on "The End of the Cold War and the Third World." The conference will bring together top experts and promising young scholars working on the Cold War in Asia, Africa and Latin America to present high-quality papers based on original research.

These papers will subsequently be published in a volume.

We are particularly interested in papers that draw on oral history and archival resources.

Proposals of up to 500 words and a CV should be sent to the conference organizers, Artemy Kalinovsky and Sergey Radchenko, at by May 30, 2009.

Notification of acceptance will be made by June 15. Successful applicants will be expected to submit their papers by August 31.