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More than Just a Scourge: General de Gaulle and the Cold War

Washington History Seminar
Historical Perspectives on International and National Affairs

 "More than Just a Scourge:
General de Gaulle and the Cold War"

Garret Martin
EUROPEAN INSTITUTE and AMERICAN UNIVERSITY

Hanoi's Road to the Vietnam War, 1954-1965

Hanoi's Road to the Vietnam War opens in 1954 with the signing of the Geneva accords that ended the eight-year-long Franco-Indochinese War and created two Vietnams. In agreeing to the accords, Ho Chi Minh and other leaders of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam anticipated a new period of peace leading to national reunification under their rule; they never imagined that within a decade they would be engaged in an even bigger feud with the United States.

Origins of the Suez Crisis: Postwar Development Diplomacy and the Struggle over Third World Industrialization, 1945–1956

Origins of the Suez Crisis describes the long run-up to the 1956 Suez Crisis and the crisis itself by focusing on politics, economics, and foreign policy decisions in Egypt, Britain, the United States, and the Soviet Union. Based on Arabic source material, as well as multilingual documents from Israeli, Soviet, Czech, American, Indian, and British archives, this is the first historical narrative to discuss the interaction among all of the players involved-rather than simply British and U.S. perspectives.

Battleground Africa: Cold War in the Congo, 1960–1965

Battleground Africa traces the Congo Crisis from post–World War II decolonization efforts through Mobutu’s second coup in 1965 from a radically new vantage point. Drawing on materials from recently opened archives in Russia and the United States, and to a lesser extent Germany and Belgium, Namikas addresses the crisis from the perspectives of the two superpowers and explains with superb clarity the complex web of allies, clients, and neutral states influencing U.S.-Soviet competition.

Two New Research Updates on Brazil-Iraq and Brazil-Argentina Nuclear Relations

Together with Fundacao Getulio Vargas, NPIHP has published two new Research Updates on Brazil's nuclear history.

In the first Research Update published today, author Dani K. Nedal explains how Brazil-Iraqi relations flourished in the mid-1970s, thanks to Brazil's efforts to obtain guaranteed supplies of oil at discounted prices. By the early 1980s this relationship took on a nuclear dimension as Brazil reportedly agreed to trade uranium for discounted oil.

Latin American Program in the News: Amid Growing Spying Scandal, US Allies in Region Join Chorus of Discontent

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Such strong rebukes from some of the United States’ closest allies in the region are sign that “this is a crisis,” even if the allegations prove to be untrue, said Cynthia Arnson, the director of the Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

East European Studies Short-term Research Scholarships

The Wilson Center's Global Europe Program is now accepting applications for the EES Short-term Grant competition, which is open to academic experts and practitioners, including advanced graduate students, engaged in specialized research requiring access to Washington, DC and its research institutions. Grants are for one month and include residence at the Wilson Center. Candidates must be U.S. citizens, in order to be considered eligible for this grant opportunity. The deadline for this grant cycle is: September 1, 2013.

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