Christian Ostermann is Director of the Cold War International History Project at the Woodrow Wilson Center; Svetlana Savranskaya is a Research Fellow at the National Security Archive; Hope Harrison is Assistant Professor of History at George Washington University.


The opening of new archival resources is providing scholars with new perspectives on the history of the Cold War. Most interestingly, new findings suggest that peripheral players like Cuba, North Korea, East Germany and Vietnam had much more impact on superpower decisions than was previously thought. Panelists Christian Ostermann, Svetlana Savranskaya and Hope Harrison describe some of the more important conclusions they've discovered.