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 how the friendly relations between the USSR and Turkey escalated into enmity, led to the increased confrontation between these two countries, and ended up with Turkey's entry into NATO. Hasanli uses recently-released Soviet archive documents to shed light on some dark points of the Cold War era and the relations between the Soviets and the West.

Joining Hasanli on the panel is Malcolm Byrne, deputy director and director of research at The George Washington Univeristy's National Security Archive.

28 February 2012, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Reception to follow
Woodrow Wilson Center
RSVP: coldwar@wilsoncenter.org


  • Jamil Hasanli

    Public Policy Scholar
  • Christian F. Ostermann

    Director, History and Public Policy Program; Global Europe; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
  • Malcolm Byrne

    Deputy Director and Director of Research, The National Security Archive at the George Washington University