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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.

Khrushchev: The Man and His Era by William Taubman

After extensive research, writing, and editing, William Taubman, Bernard Snell Professor of Political Science at Amherst College, celebrated the launch of his latest book, Khrushchev: The Man and His Era, at the Wilson Center in front of over one hundred historians, students, and former policy makers. The event was co-sponsored by the Cold War International History Project and the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies.

The North Korean Revolution, 1945-1950

Participant Biographies:

Charles K. Armstrong is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Center for Korean Research at Columbia University. A specialist in post-1945 North and South Korea, he is the author of The North Korean Revolution, 1945-1950 (Cornell University Press, 2003) and editor of Korean Society: Civil Society, Democracy and the State (Routledge,

Argentina-United States Bilateral Relations: An Historical Perspective and Future Challenges

Co-sponsored by the Latin American Program and the Cold War International History Project, the conference aimed to analyze the conflicted relationship between Argentina and the United States both now and during the period of the military dictatorship. The current focus of U.S. foreign policy on the war against terrorism has made it less attentive to crises in the hemisphere, including that of Argentina. In addition, the declassification of thousands of U.S.