4th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Stalin and the Turkish Crisis of the Cold War, 1945-1953

Jamil Hasanli, former Wilson Center scholar and professor of history at Baku State University will discuss his latest book, "Stalin and the Turkish Crisis of the Cold War, 1945-1953." Hasanli will explore the ups and downs of Soviet-Turkish relations during and immediately after World War II.  Hasanli draws on declassified archive documents from the United States, Russia, Armenia, Georgia, Turkey, and Azerbaijan to recreate a picture of the time when the 'Turkish crisis' of the Cold War broke out explaining why and

The Death of Trilateralism in the NAFTA Neighborhood: Views from the United States, Mexico, and Canada


Laura Dawson, Public Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center
Antonio Ortiz Mena, Head of Section, Economic Affairs, Mexican Embassy
Christopher Sands, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute

Could the War in Vietnam Have Ended Earlier?

The Vietnam War cost the lives of more than 58,000 Americans (and millions of Vietnamese) and convulsed U.S. politics and culture in the 1960s. Could it have ended years earlier, and with a far smaller toll? Evidence from long-hidden communist sources sheds new light on one of the war's most controversial and enduring mysteries: it suggests–contrary to conventional wisdom–that a chance for direct discussions between Washington and Hanoi existed in 1966, years before the Paris talks.

Reassessing Walter Lippmann

Walter Lippmann began his career in 1910. He ended it six decades later as America’s most honored journalist. In the years between he edited the greatest newspaper of its day, Pulitzer’s World, wrote books on public opinion and public policy, created a newspaper column that was required reading, and left his imprint on virtually every important issue of American public life. Yet perspectives change from decade to decade, and today Lippmann seems a rather neglected figure. Does his work have an enduring legacy for the present?

Is American History "Exceptional?" A Global Perspective

Following World War II, the dominant narrative of U.S. history posited "American exceptionalism." That assumption shaped historical scholarship and Cold War policy. More recently a neo-conservative belief in exceptionalism has affected international and domestic history. A global perspective reveals that our history is not "exceptional," only distinctive.

Black Leaders and Leadership

“Black Leaders and Leadership” is a presentation based on the ten-year oral history project co-directed by Julian Bond and Phyllis Leffler. It relates the views of fifty Black leaders on such topics as family, education, and the inspiration of the Civil Rights movement. The lessons learned are significant and relevant for contemporary America, not least because of their focus on experiences that fuelled Black success.

The Economics of the Civil Rights Revolution in the South

The Civil Rights revolution has been an inspiration to oppressed minorities around the world and is now an essential component of both national and regional civic culture. But was it also a revolution in economic life?  Contrary to many pessimistic accounts, economic gains for black southerners were real and substantial, sufficient to reverse a fifty-year pattern of black outmigration from the South. With few exceptions, southern whites did not lose economically from desegregation; instead they also gained.

Missed Opportunities for Peace? The United States, Jordan and the 1967 Arab-Israeli War

This seminar session will explore both United States and Jordanian decision-making in the run up to the June 1967 Arab-Israeli war. It will consider in particular the claim made by the former CIA station chief in Amman, Jack O’Connell, that he passed a specific warning about the Israeli plan of attack to King Hussein of Jordan. In his recent book, King’s Counsel, O’Connell presented new evidence about the so-called U.S. ‘green light’ to Israel.

Statelessness in 20th-Century America

What does it mean to be a person without a country? The 14th Amendment of the US Constitution enshrined the long-held principle that birth in the United States conferred citizenship. But efforts are now underway – by some members of Congress and by some state legislators – to challenge that concept of American citizenship as a birthright. France has deported hundreds of Roma on the grounds that they have no right to stay as citizens of the European Union.

The Contested Legacy of the Berlin Wall

Germany is in the midst of a second reckoning with the past. This time it is not about the Holocaust but about the legacy of the Berlin Wall and the East German communist regime that stood behind it. Since the Wall fell in 1989, most Germans have wanted to get rid of as much of it as possible and look to the future. Recently, however, there have been important moves to preserve parts of the Wall and explain the history. The Wall continues to expose fault lines in German society and foster important historical debates.