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Soviet Soft Power and the Polish Thaw, 1943-57

 

Historians have paid little attention to how Soviet cultural and propaganda institutions attempted to sway public opinion in post-World War II east European societies. In the process, according to Patryk Babiracki, Assistant Professor of History, University of Texas-Arlington, and Title VIII-Supported Research Scholar, Kennan Institute, the Soviets squandered considerable human potential on their side, which could have promoted more effective soft power initiatives.

Soviet Policy in Indonesia during the “Liberal Democracy” Period, 1950-1959

CWIHP e-Dossier No. 26
 

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On August 17, 1945 Indonesia proclaimed its independence from the Netherlands, which had maintained colonial domination over the Indonesian Archipelago for more than three and a half centuries.  

“Trust, but Verify” Confidence and Distrust from Détente to the End of the Cold War

The History and Public Policy Program co-hosted “Trust, but Verify” -- Confidence and Distrust from Détente to the End of the Cold War with the German Historical Institute (GHI) on November 7-9, 2011. The conference was convened by Martin Klimke (GHI), Reinhild Kreis (University of Augsburg), Sonya Michel (Wilson Center) and Christian Ostermann (Wilson Center).
 

HAPP Director Christian Ostermann is featured in the Kyunghyang Shinmun

NKIDP is pleased to announce that on October 24, 2011, Kyunghyang Shinmun, a South Korean newspaper, featured a report on the publication of The Rise and Fall of Détente on the Korean Peninsula, 1970-1974, the newest addition to the History and Public Policy Critical Oral History Conference Series.

Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar Hope M. Harrison was featured in The Washington Post

Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar Hope M. Harrison was featured in The Washington Post discussing the 50th anniversary of the American/Soviet showdown at Checkpoint Charlie—an incident that some feared would trigger nuclear war. “The construction of the wall was largely an East German initiative,” Harrison said at a conference hosted by  The National Declassification Center at the National Archives, in partnership with the Historical Review Program of the CIA.

The Second Annual IFES–WWICS Washington Forum “Security and Development on the Korean Peninsula”

The second annual IFES-WWICS Forum, “Security and Development on the Korean Peninsula,” seeks to bring a broader historical perspective to current issues affecting the Korean peninsula by conveying the importance of deep historical continuities in DPRK policies. The 2011 Forum will feature panels on the role of North Korea’s military-diplomatic campaigns in Pyongyang’s foreign policy and prospects for economic development in North Korea.

Spring NKIDP Internship Opportunities

The North Korea International Documentation Project is currently accepting internship applications for Spring 2012.

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