A Long Period of Healing – The Role of Religion in the Transition from Communism to Democracy

Alexander Solzhenitsyn once answered the question of what would follow communism: a very, very long period of healing.  Monsignor Professor Tomas Halik, former advisor to Vaclav Havel and Pope John Paul II, reflects on the transition from communism to democracy and the important role of churches and faith-based communities in the process. Could the experiences of Central and Eastern Europe be useful for "creating a biosphere of democracy" in other parts of the world?

Northeast Asia during the Cold War: Security and Development

The area of the Northeast Asia is one of the most economically dynamic and the most politically sensitive region in the world. It is one of the unresolved region so far from the legacy of the cold war. It is also a microcosm of the process of the cold war. In particular, the origin and development of the cold war not only influence the political choice of many countries, but also affect its economic and social development.

Stamps, Rum, and Hand Grenades: Fidel Castro’s Recipe for Revolution

CWIHP e-Dossier No. 66

Document 1 –  Mexican Federal Security Directorate (DFS), 'Investigation into a Conspiricy Against the Government of the Republic of Cuba'

Source: Archivo General de la Nacion (AGN), DFS Galeria 1, Versión Pública de Fidel Castro, Leg. 1, Hoja 3-7. Obtained and translated by Renata Keller.


Mexican-Soviet relations, 1958-1964: The Limits of Engagement

CWIHP e-Dossier No. 65

List of Documents

Document 1 –  Soviet Report, Economic Cooperation between Latin America and the Countries of the Socialist Camp
Source: Archive of the Russian Academy of Sciences, f. 1798 op. 1 d. 88 ll. 124-136.

Kerry in Cuba: Can Relations Become “Normal”?

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will take an historic trip to Havana, Cuba on August 14th to raise the stars and stripes at the U.S. embassy for the first time in over 50 years. He will be the first Secretary of State to travel there in 70 years. His visit brings to a close the first stage of diplomatic normalization with Cuba that began last December when Presidents Obama and Castro announced their intentions to do so.

Did Hiroshima Save Japan From Soviet Occupation?

In the wee hours of Aug. 24, 1945, Soviet long-range bombers would take off from their air base not far from the Far Eastern port of Vladivostok and fly east, across the Sea of Japan, dropping lethal payloads on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. At 5 a.m. that morning, two Soviet regiments would storm their way onshore, followed, in two hours, by a larger force. Within days, two infantry divisions would sweep across northern Hokkaido, cutting the island in half.

Ukraine’s Decommunization Laws: Legislating the Past?

In May 2015, the Ukrainian government passed four controversial laws aimed at initiating a clean break with the country’s communist past. Included in the laws are instructions on removing remnants of the communist past (monuments and street names), prescriptions on how to write the country’s history, as well as new measures to reconfigure the country’s archives.

Still Cozy After All These Years

Sixty-five years ago, on June 25, 1950, the Soviet-equipped North Korean army struck south of the 38th parallel. The ensuing three years of seesaw warfare turned much of the Korean Peninsula into ashes: Up to 3 million Koreans were killed or wounded before the two sides signed a cease-fire in July 1953. Millions more were left to pick up pieces of their shattered, divided lives.