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West Germany and the Iron Curtain

The talk takes a fresh look at the history of Cold War Germany and the German reunification process from the spatial perspective of the West German borderlands. These borderlands emerged along the volatile inter-German border after 1945 and constituted the Federal Republic’s most sensitive geographical space.

Intellectuals and Fascism in Interwar Romania: The Criterion Association

In 1930s Bucharest, some of the country’s most brilliant young intellectuals converged to form the Criterion Association. Bound by friendship and the dream of a new, modern Romania, their members included historian Mircea Eliade, critic Petru Comarnescu, Jewish playwright Mihail Sebastian and a host of other philosophers and artists. Together, they built a vibrant cultural scene that flourished for a few short years, before fascism and scandal splintered their ranks. Cristina A.

How Korea Transformed the Cold War: Fearing the Worst

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we speak with author and Wilson Center Cold War Fellow Sam Wells on his latest book Fearing the Worst: How Korea Transformed the Cold War.  After World War II, the escalating tensions of the Cold War shaped the international system.  Wells book explains how the Korean War fundamentally changed postwar competition between the United States and the Soviet Union into a militarized confrontation that would last decades.

New Sources on Iran’s Tudeh Party, 1978-1988

The Cold War International History Project, part of the Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program, has just published translations of 31 documents from the Stasi Records Agency, officially known as the Federal Commissioner for the Records of the State Security Service of the former German Democratic Republic (BStU).

The CIA’s National Intelligence Dailys and the Events of 1989-1990

The Central Intelligence Agency has just released excerpts from over 100 National Intelligence Dailys – or NIDs – relating to the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe.

The documents are accessible on the Wilson Center’s Digital Archive, as well as on the CIA’s Electronic Reading Room.

A New Socialist Hungary? Remembering the Defeat of the Hungarian Revolution 63 Years Later

Materials contained within the 1956 Polish and Hungarian Crises collection on highlight the contrast between Prime Minister Imre Nagy’s diplomatic efforts to rebrand Hungary as a people’s democracy and the Soviet Union’s desire to vanquish what they saw as an assault on international Communism.

Imre Nagy, a New Hungary

Antarctic Arms Control at 60: A Precedent or a Pole Apart?

The Collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe: A 30-Year Legacy

This conference will explore the events leading to and influencing the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe in the Autumn of 1989. A panel comprised of former officers from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and scholars will discuss the ways in which analysis from the time informed policymakers, assisting them in formulating the US policies and response to Communism’s collapse in the region.