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Stalinism for All Seasons. The History of the Romanian Communist Party

Stalinism for All Seasons. A Political History of Romanian Communism
Oct. 20, 2003

Vladimir Tismaneanu, University of Maryland – College Park
Comments by Charles King, Georgetown University
Charles Gati, SAIS
Remarks by Stelian Stoian, DCM Romanian Embassy

Lost Crusader: The Secret Wars of CIA Director William Colby

After extensive research and interviews John Prados celebrated the launch of his latest book Lost Crusader: The Secret Wars of CIA Director William Colby. The event was co-sponsored by the Cold War International History Project and the National Security Archive. Robert Litwak, director of the International Studies Division at the Woodrow Wilson Center, chaired the session.

The Sighet Memorial Museum

Romulus Rusan, Director of the International Center for the Study of Communism and Vice-President of the civic Academy Foundation will make a short presentation of the Sighet Memorial Museum.

Dr. Eliot Sorel, M.D. D.F.A.P.A., an international leader in psychiatric medicine and global health, will be leading the discussion on the Memorial and the legacy of oppression in Romania.

The event marks the launch of the new Cold War International History Project Romania Initiative.

Cold War Memory: Interpreting the Physical Legacy of the Cold War

On September 8 and 9, 2003, the Woodrow Wilson Center's Cold War International History Project hosted a pioneering international conference on Cold War commemorative efforts. The meeting was co-sponsored by the Association of Air Force Missileers, the Cold War Museum, the German Historical Institute (Washington, DC), the Harry S.

Lyndon Johnson and Europe: In the Shadow of Vietnam

For many commentators, writers, and historians, Lyndon Johnson remains “the ugly American," someone inept to conduct foreign affairs, and consumed by the Vietnam War. In his latest book, Lyndon Johnson and Europe: In the Shadow of Vietnam Thomas Alan Schwartz attempts to revise that perception, suggesting that LBJ's conduct of diplomacy in Europe deserves recognition as one of the most important achievements of his presidency.

The Main Enemy: The Inside Story of the CIA's Final Showdown with the KGB

Authors Milt Beardon and James Risen discussed the CIA's role during the last years of the Cold War and their findings published in their recent book The Main Enemy (Random House, 2003)

Milt Beardon retired from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in 1994, after thirty years in the CIA's clandestine services. He rose through the ranks to become one of CIA's most senior officers and one of the most highly decorated operations officers in its Senior Service.

Soviet Policy in West Africa (1956-1964) as an Episode of the Cold War

CWIHP Fellow Sergei Mazov (Moscow) will discussed the history of Soviet policy in West Africa from the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s.

This event was Co-sponsored by the Africa Project

Triangular Diplomacy and Regional Conflict: Re-Evaluating the Kissinger Years

Jussi Hanhimaki, Wilson Center Scholar, presented in front of a group of Cold War enthusiasts his research in a CWIHP seminar entitled "Triangular Diplomacy and Regional Conflict: Re Evaluating the Kissinger Years." His research, acclaimed as a "shrewd and solid historiography," by William Burr from the National Archives, provides a new interpretation of the Kissinger years using recently declassified documents, papers and notes from both U.S. and foreign archives.

Secret Empire: Eisenhower, the CIA, and the Hidden Story of America’s Space Espionage

Philip Taubman, deputy editorial page editor for The New York Times and two-time Polk award-winner introduced his new book Secret Empire: Eisenhower, the CIA, and the Hidden Story of America’s Space Espionage to an audience that included several Eisenhower administration intelligence staff.