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Beyond Competition? A Chinese Perspective of the 1972 U.S.-Soviet Agreement on Prevention of Incidents on and over the High Seas

The Prevention of Incidents at Sea Agreement between the United States and the Soviet Union has often been regarded as a model for international military confidence-building measures. However, as U.S. government records about the negotiation demonstrate, the agreement was not solely about two nations joining together to deal with their common security dilemma and reduce unwanted incidents at sea. In fact, both the U.S. and Soviet governments cared more about how to reduce incidents in a way that best suited other strategic and tactical considerations.

Teaching the ‘Cold War’ – Memory Practices in the Classroom

How do students remember the time of the Cold War? Living in a time of uncertainties, what sense do they ascribe to a period that can be considered the epitome of certainties? How do they appropriate patterns of interpretation offered to them by teachers and in textbooks? How do young people who are constantly exposed to a variety of media influences read textbooks? And how do teachers who were raised and socialized during the Cold War represent this time period in class.

Bringing Emerging Technologies into Legacy Sectors: Examples from Europe and the U.S.

Major legacy sectors – such as energy, transport and manufacturing – make up over half of the economy and are often in need of “disruptive innovations” with the potential to generate economic growth and employment. In their new book, authors William Bonvillian and Charles Weiss identify the shared features and underlying obstacles to innovation in these sectors and ways to overcome them. The authors will discuss legacy sectors as a global problem, detailing legacy challenges in European economies – particularly Germany and France – in comparison to those in the U.S.

The Link Between Culture & Extremism: An Integrated Model to Combating Art Trafficking

Cultural cleansing is described as the deliberate destruction and eradication of any evidence of religious and historical presence of the original population in a war-torn region. Tasoula Hadjitofi argues that recent developments in the Middle East have shown, once again, that cultural cleansing can no longer be a secondary priority in areas of conflict but must be seen as a much more serious crime. Ms. Hadjitofi will draw on European history and examples from around the globe – including Greece, Italy, Guatemala, Mali, Canada, and others – to discuss this phenomenon.

Private Sector Roles for the UN Sustainable Development Goals: A Panel Discussion on Managing Our Planet

When delegates met in New York City last month they were tasked with an ambitious goal of developing a new framework based off of the Millennium Development Goals launched in 2000. Working off the success of the previous 15 years, the issue has turned from achieving success in major milestones such as reducing poverty, ending hunger and reducing inequality to ensuring that they continue and are sustainable. The result, 17 broad goals, accompanied by 169 specific targets.

“Beijing’s Headquarters in Europe”: Sino-Swiss Relations in the Cold War and Lessons for Today

Recent developments on Iran and Cuba have highlighted Switzerland's diplomatic role during the Cold War and beyond. China represented yet another special case: Until the late 1960s, its most important embassy in Western Europe was in fact in Switzerland, argues Wilson Center Swiss Fellow Ariane Knüsel. Both Switzerland and China benefited from this relationship -- but it was not without problems.

A Cold War Hotspot: The Superpowers and the "Alps-Adriatic" Region 1945-1955

The border region between Austria, Italy and Yugoslavia has been the focus of ethnic strife as well as political and diplomatic debate for much of the twentieth century. All countries comprising this unique area had differing interests and international ambitions. The settlements of 1945 and the Cold War shaped the “Alps-Adriatic” region and made it a hotspot of the early Cold War. While Italy quickly gained the status of a key strategic partner of the West, Austria was hampered in its policies by quadripartite occupation and an uncertain future.

Liberal or Realist? Obama’s Foreign Policy Ideology and the U.S. Rebalance to Asia

Ideology has played a key role in leadership, including the present administration. Public policy scholar Brendon O’Connor argues that under Barack Obama, the White House has returned U.S. foreign policy to an ideological consensus that dates back to the 1930s, combining liberalism and realism. He will assess the U.S. rebalance to the Asia-Pacific and its policy toward China’s rise as well as Washington’s response to the ongoing crisis in Syria. 

The Fighting Group against Inhumanity: The Incarnation of Anticommunism in a Divided Germany 1948-1959

http://www.boehlau-verlag.com/bilder/9783412221331.jpgThe “Fighting Group Against Inhumanity” (“Kampfgruppe gegen Unmenschlichkeit” / KgU) has for a long time been considered the incarnation of both anticommunism and hostility to the German Democratic Republic in both E

Can Algae Impact Climate Change?

Dr. Brian Walsh discusses his new paper, New Feed Sources Key to Ambitious Climate Targets, which finds replacing microalgae as animal feed could free up significant land currently used for pasture and feed crops, while meeting 50 percent of our annual energy needs and potentially reducing global atmospheric carbon concentrations to preindustrial levels by the end of the century.