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Book Talk: Cold War Exiles and the CIA

During the early Cold War, the United States government backed exiles from the Soviet bloc as part of an effort to subvert communist power from abroad. In his new book, Cold War Exiles and the CIA, Professor Benjamin Tromly tells the story of the involvement of Russian exiles in US political warfare and espionage programs in the 1950s. He explained how officials and spies on both sides of the Iron Curtain became entangled with the internal struggles of the Russian diaspora in Europe. He also analyzed exile politics as a sub-front of the Cold War in Europe that involved the marshaling of proxies and non-state actors.



  • Eric Lohr

    Former Title VIII-Supported Research Scholar
    Director, Initiative for Russian Culture and Associate Professor, Department of History, American University


  • Benjamin Tromly

    VIII Short-term Scholar
    Professor, History, University of Puget Sound