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On the Horizon 2023 | History and Public Policy

Berlin Wall in 1988
OCTOBER 1988 - BERLIN: the Berlin Wall (Berliner Mauer) in the Tiergarten district of Berlin.

"A generation which ignores history has no past and no future." —Robert Heinlein, Author

The year ahead in U.S. foreign policy and world affairs presents daunting challenges. Opportunities for progress, too, abound. In helping the policy community prepare, the Wilson Center relies on one of its great strengths—the ability to help leverage lessons from the past. The History and Public Policy Program will continue to expand and study its remarkable collection of archival materials—from previously unpublished diplomatic correspondence on nuclear crises to primary sources on the Cold War—to better inform analysis and decisions today.


On the Horizon | What to Watch in 2023

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History and Public Policy Program

The History and Public Policy Program makes public the primary source record of 20th and 21st century international history from repositories around the world, facilitates scholarship based on those records, and uses these materials to provide context for classroom, public, and policy debates on global affairs.  Read more