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Brazil’s Cold War History: Disputed Territory

 Image courtesy of the San Diego State University Network Television News Research Archive Special Collection.

Ivan Seixas was arrested and tortured at the age of 16.

Late one afternoon in the summer of 1990, Brazilian police came to my hotel in Rio de Janeiro to arrest me. Guns drawn, they steered me and a colleague to their unmarked car and drove us away.

“They want our tapes,” said Scott Willis, my ABC News  producer, as we pulled up in front of a nondescript building.    

"Is the Possibility of a Third World War Real?" Researching Nuclear Ukraine in the KGB Archive

NPIHP Working Paper #13

"Is the Possibility of a Third World War Real?" Researching Nuclear Ukraine in the KGB Archive

Nate Jones

March 2019


Leaked Cables: Allende, Kissinger, Moynihan, and the Indian Nuclear Bomb

What did the overthrow of the Chilean President Salvador Allende have to do with Indian nuclear weapons?

At first glance, perhaps not a lot. However, archival documents from the Nehru Memorial and Museum Library in New Delhi reveal that there was indeed a connection made between the two in 1974.

Forgotten Parties to the INF

On February 2, 2019, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the United States’ decision to withdraw from the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, citing the Russian Federation’s material breach of the Treaty as justification for the decision.

According to Article XV of the Treaty, the United States will suspend its obligations under the Treaty 60 days after providing notice, unless in this time, Russia agrees to come in compliance.

The Arc of Containment: Britain, the United States, and Anticommunism in Southeast Asia

Major studies of American foreign relations treat US failures in Vietnam as the end of both a short-lived American empire and western imperialism in Southeast Asia. Ngoei argues that Vietnam was an exception to the region’s overall pro-US trajectory after 1945, that British neo-colonialism and Southeast Asian anticommunism melded with pre-existing local antipathy toward China and the Chinese diaspora to usher the region from formal colonialism to US hegemony.

Book Launch: Secret Wars: Covert Conflict in International Politics

From Syria to Yemen to Ukraine, the practice of great powers covertly meddling in local wars is alive and well. To mark the launch of his new book, Austin Carson traced the emergence of such practices in the 20th century. He analyzed what governments choose to keep secret during wars and how leaders use this method to cope with distinctly modern war escalation problems. Carson also explored how rival states both collude and compete, while attempting to manipulate the optics of war to keep military confrontations under control.

The Diplomacy of Détente: Cooperative Security from Schmidt to Shultz

Stephan Kieninger's book looks into Helmut Schmidt's and George Shultz's statecraft and into their contributions to the longevity of détente in Europe amidst international crisis.