Cold War

Conversations with Zhou Enlai: The Collection Continues to Grow

The Cold War International History Project has just translated and published 25 of Zhou Enlai's conversations with other world leaders, including Kim Il Sung, Ho Chi Minh, and Gamal Abdel Nasser.

The Political Dilemma: American-Egyptian Relations and the Postwar Petroleum Order

After the Second World War, President Harry Turman's administration developed a strategy to block the spread of Soviet Communism into the Middle East and help maintain the flow of Middle Eastern oil to the West. Often referred to as the Postwar Petroleum Order (PPO), the policy changed frequently from administration to administration, but the overall goal remained: containment of Soviet Communism. However, differences between Lyndon Johnson and Gamal Abdel Nasser would lead to the collapse of the PPO.

Austria, German Unification, and European Integration: A Brief Historical Background

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CWIHP Working Paper 86

Austria, German Unification, and European Integration: A Brief Historical Background

Michael Gehler and Maximilian Graf
March 2018

North Korean Psychological Warfare Operations in South Vietnam

A Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security publication offers more clues of North Korea’s involvement in the Vietnam War

In the late 1990s, both the Vietnamese and North Korean governments began making very limited public disclosures regarding the participation of North Korean military personnel in combat operations against US and allied forces during the Vietnam War.

Elections: A Feedback Mechanism in the Soviet Union?

Soviet voters used inscriptions on ballots to express a variety of emotions toward the current state of affairs

The Kremlinologist: Llewellyn E. Thompson, America's Man in Cold-War Moscow

In The Kremlinologist, diplomat Llewellyn E. Thompson’s daughters, Jenny and Sherry Thompson, trace their father’s journey from boyhood in rural Colorado and New Mexico to U.S. ambassador to the USSR to presidential advisor on Soviet Affairs.

South Korea’s First Major Sporting Event—and Why It Never Took Place

North Korean military provocations derailed Seoul’s plans to host the 1970 Asian Games

Sporting events on the Korean Peninsula have a tendency to become highly political.

Most recently, the PyeongChang Winter Olympics allowed South Korea and North Korea to calm tensions on the peninsula and to deliberate over a possible reunification sometime in the future. Simultaneously, the Games served to illustrate South Korea’s respectable position within the international community and North Korea’s status as an outsider.

Drunk and Disorderly: Vladimir Petrov's Queensland Escapade

Vladimir Petrov and Evdokia Petrov inside the safe house in which they were held following their defection to Australia in 1954.

In the run-up to the 1956 Olympic Games, Australia’s security agency, ASIO, expected that the KGB would infiltrate the event

Grace Kennan Warnecke: “Daughter of the Cold War”

Grace Kennan Warnecke discusses her soon-to-be-published memoir about life, career, and what it was like growing up as the daughter of George F. Kennan, one of the most influential diplomats and foreign policy thinkers of the twentieth century. She shares her memories and insights during this episode of Wilson Center NOW.

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