Cold War

When the World Seemed New: George H.W. Bush and the End of the Cold War

The collapse of the European communism shocked the international system.  In that perilous moment, Germany reunified, Saddam Hussein chose to invade Kuwait, China cracked down on pro-democracy protesters, the Soviet Union ceased to exist, and regimes throughout Eastern Europe teetered between democratic change and new authoritarians.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Apply for the 2018 Summer Institute on Conducting Archival Research

Extended Deadline: Applications are now due Sunday, February 18, 2018. All materials must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST.


Unearthing Soviet Secrets in Ukraine’s Archives

The archives of Ukraine are open and they are filled with former Soviet secrets.

Anyone conducting research on the Soviet Union, nuclear history, or the Cold War should visit Ukraine as soon as possible.

Radio Preservation Task Force Conference 2017

Forum I:  The Many Voices of Cold War Broadcasting, 1948-1990,  9:00 – 10:45 am

This opening session focuses on the Cold War as a battle of ideologies and information played out through radio and visual broadcasts. Key questions will include the development of Cold War communications, broadcast content, and the impact of broadcasts on target populations, authoritarian systems, and Cold War conflicts themselves..

Finding Engineers in American Foreign Policy

Engineers have helped extend American power in the world for generations, but their archives are often hidden from public. Here's how to find them.

In the course of my dissertation research, I at one point found myself sitting in a sparse basement just outside of Saint Louis, Missouri, literally rummaging through trash bags of primary source material.

The 1953 Coup D’Etat in Iran: New FRUS, New Questions

The New FRUS Collection Opens Up Fresh Avenues for Research into U.S. Decision-Making

Book Launch | King of Spies: The Dark Reign of America’s Spymaster in Korea

The Woodrow Wilson Center’s History and Public Policy Program welcomes New York Times bestselling author Blaine Harden for a book launch discussion of King of Spies, The Dark Reign of America’s Spymaster in Korea, an untold story of one of the most powerful spies in American history, who’s hidden work was key to U.S.