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Romania and the Warsaw Pact, 1955-1989

Dr. Denis Deletant, senior CWIHP scholar and Professor of Romanian Studies at University College London, began his presentation by recounting the state of access in the Romanian archives. Access to the relevant historical archives still poses major problems for both western and native researchers. The lack of access is both a problem of structure of the system and of archive leadership. For a researcher facing the daunting task of access, persistence, perseverance, and good humor will go a long way in dealing with the general attitude towards historical research.

Albania in the Warsaw Pact

The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress presents Resident
Fulbright Scholar Dr. Ana Lalaj in a talk titled, "ALBANIA IN THE WARSAW
PACT," on Thursday, March 18, 2004, at 2:30 p.m. in LJ-119, Thomas Jefferson
Building, Library of Congress (10 First Street, South East, Washington,

Dr. Lalaj is Director of the Institute of History at the Academy of
Sciences of Albania in Tirana. As a Fulbright Scholar hosted by the Library
of Congress, she has been examining archival records and other materials in

Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001

Steve Coll described his book as a "narrative of the history of the antecedents of September 11 as they were located in Afghanistan beginning in 1979 and ending on Sept 10, 2001." According to Coll, he placed a special emphasis on the role of the CIA and Pakistani and Saudi intelligence—all three principal actors in Afghanistan over those 20 years. His book was based almost entirely on 200 interviews with American, Pakistan, Saudi and Afghan participants.

Computers and the Cold War

COCOM was established in 1947 under US leadership as the means for stopping most trade from the West to what became the Sino-Soviet Bloc ranging originally from needles to anchors. In the following decades the ban was narrowed to apply to high technology products including electronic computers.

Book Launch--<i>Toward Nuclear Abolition. A History of the World Nuclear Disarmament Movement, 1971 to Present</i>

Organized by the Cold War International History Project at the Woodrow Wilson Center, the event featured Lawrence Wittner, professor of history at State University of New York, Albany, renowned peace historian, and author of The Struggle against the Bomb trilogy. Throughout the ages, Wittner begun, nations attempted to develop more and more powerful weapons in a constant search for security through strength.

Book Launch--<i>The Vietnam War Files: Uncovering the Secret History of Nixon-Era Strategy</i>

Organized by the Cold War International History Project and the Western European Studies at the Woodrow Wilson Center, the event featured Jeffrey Kimball, professor of history at University of Miami, Ohio, and author of numerous books on the Nixon Presidency.

The European Security Issue and the Turning Points in Trans-Atlantic Relations from Eisenhower to Reagan

In spite of numerous debates in the EU concerning a Common Foreign and Security Policy, NATO effectiveness depends on greatly on US military power. However, this does not prevent the Atlantic alliance from experiencing strains. Since the creation of NATO, European countries opted for abdicating some of the sovereign control over their own security, asking the United States to remain in Europe and be the defender of the free world. The choice to become dependent on the US's ability to deter Soviet aggression implied the acceptance of a political subordination.

Watergate: The Presidential Scandal that Shook America

Keith W. Olson, Professor of History at the University of Maryland, presents his new book, Watergate: The Presidential Scandal that Shook America Comments by Haynes Johnson, Knight Professor of Journalism, University of Maryland.

From the Publisher
Arguably the greatest political scandal of twentieth-century America, the Watergate affair rocked an already divided nation to its very core, severely challenged our cherished notions about democracy, and further eroded public trust in its political leaders.

Peace At Any Price? New Evidence on Lyndon Johnson's Final Efforts to End the War in Vietnam.

Organized by the Cold War International History Project, the event brought together Kent Sieg, editor of the volumes, Edward Keefer, General Editor of the Series, James Hershberg, Associate Professor of History and International Relations, The George Washington University, and Daniel Davidson and Peter Swiers, former Department of State officials and members of the US delegation to the Paris Peace Talks for the launch of Volumes V, VI, and VII of the Department of State, Offic

Power and Purpose: U.S. Policy Toward Russia After the Cold War

Authors James M. Goldgeier and Michael McFaul will present their recently published book on US foreign policy towards Russia after the Cold War. The book traces the formulation and evolution of American foreign policy toward the Soviet Union and Russia during the tumultuous and uncertain decade following the end of the Cold War. It examines how American decisionmakers--particularly in the executive branch--coped with the opportunities and challenges presented by a new Russia.