Cold War

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.

Remembering Truman in South Korea

By ignoring the deeds of Truman and his administration, Koreans deprive themselves of a valid understanding of their own history, says Michael Devine.

The impact of the Korean War left a profound mark on the national characters of the two Koreas. How North and South Korea address their histories reflects each society’s concern for legitimacy, national identity, and sense of place among neighboring countries.

The Soviet-Israeli War, 1967-1973

Based on newly emerged sources, including memoirs of Soviet veterans, Isabella Ginor and Gideon Remez challenge conventional concepts and expose the USSR's direct military clash with Israel in the 1960s and '70s.

Right on the Button

Brass as Historical Evidence


One of the reasons we welcome opportunities to talk about our research (as we’ll be honored to do at the Washington History Seminar on October 16, 2017) is that doing so almost invariably elicits new evidence.

Close Ties in Counterterrorism

The CIA and the Japanese Red Army in The Hague

Late in the afternoon of 13 September 1974, three armed men stormed the French embassy in The Hague. In an emergency call to the police, a woman with a heavy French accent said that “crazy Japanese men” were “running around with guns.” Responding police officers were immediately shot at. When a female officer was critically wounded, the police retreated.

Documenting the Soviet ICBM Program

Seven documents from Russian archives provide a brief and skeletal look into the development of the Soviet post-World War II ballistic missile program that culminated in the creation of the R-7 intercontinental ballistic missile in 1957.