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CWIHP Director Christian F. Ostermann gives Keynote at Gorbachev Foundation Conference

CWIHP Director Christian F. Ostermann gave one of the keynote addresses at the March 1, 2006, Gorbachev Foundation conference "From Fulton to Malta: How the Cold War Began and Ended."
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Following introductory remarks by former USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev, president of the Gorbachev Foundation, Ostermann spoke on "New Sources on the Cold War," on a panel chaired by Viktor Kuvaldin (The Gorbachev Foundation). Ostermann provided a critical survey of recent trends in archival access to Cold War era archives and sources.

Other panelists included Mikhail Narinsky, The Moscow State Institute of International Relations ("Origins of the Cold War"), Pavel Gudev, Institute of World History, Russian Academy of Sciences ("The North Atlantic Treaty Organization: From the Cold War to Detente (1950-1960)"), James G. Hershberg, George Washington University (" Moscow and Mediation: New Evidence on the Soviet-bloc and Conflict Limitation and Termination during the Cold War—the Case of the Vietnam War").

Comments were given by former West German foreign minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher, Nikolai Shmelev (The Russian Academy of Sciences), Vladimir Pechatnov (The Moscow State Institute of International Relations), Natalia Yegorova (Institute of World History, Russian Academy of Sciences), Boris Shiryayev (Saint –Petersburg State University), Archie Brown (Oxford University), Marie-Pierre Rey (Paris), William Taubman (Amherst College) and Svetlana Savranskaya (The National Security Archive).

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For the conference schedule, check the "Cold War News" link on this website; for further information contact the Gorbachev Foundation at

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