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Decoding the Disinformation Problem

While the current conversation about information operations – including disinformation – is largely focused on the 2016 and upcoming 2020 US federal elections, this challenge is an age-old issue.

Operation “Denver”: KGB and Stasi Disinformation regarding AIDS

As the United States has been grappling with the issue of Russian disinformation over the past few years, a number of journalists have looked back to the history of Soviet disinformation during the Cold War in an effort to understand its methods and goals. During the Cold War, the Soviet Committee for State Security (Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti, KGB) played a leading role in such disinformation campaigns; it was part of its covert psychological warfare activities or “active measures.”

Call for Papers - NATO: Past and Present

New Documentary Release on Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty

New documents released to A. Ross Johnson by the Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel provide additional information on the relationship of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty to the State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency in the 1950s and 1960s. 

Call for Papers: Revisiting the Cold War on Taiwan

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Revisiting the Cold War on Taiwan


December 5 and 6, 2019, at the Wilson Center, Washington D.C.

Abstract submission Deadline: 25th August 2019

The Myth of the Wilsonian Moment

Hồ Chí Minh at the French Communist Party Congress, Marseille, 1921. Source: Bibliothèque nationale de France.

Ho Chi Minh’s Embrace of the Communist International in 1919-1920


Was Woodrow Wilson responsible for Hồ Chí Minh’s embrace of communist internationalism? Since the 1960s, some historians have hinted as much.

Indian Foreign Policy during the Early Cold War: Realist or Idealist?

Historians tend to use the term “nonalignment” to describe India’s place in the world during the Cold War era, and depict idealistic leaders like Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and his main advisor V.K. Krishna Menon as the primary drivers of Indian foreign policy.