Diplomatic History

Why is President Obama going to Cuba now?

This piece was originally published on Medium.
While much has been rightfully made about the historic nature of President Obama’s trip to Cuba on March 21st, the first by a U.S. president in nearly 90 years, there are more profound reasons for the trip that go beyond symbolism.

Nuclear Illusions and Protectorate Reality

Nuclear Illusions and Protectorate Reality

A Reappraisal of West German Nuclear Security Policy (1956-1963)

Research Intern (Italian Language Specialist)

Research Intern (Italian Language Specialist)

Call Number WC-CWIHP-SU2017-I-17

China and Eastern Europe in the 1980s: A Hungarian Perspective

CWIHP e-Dossier no. 69

China and Eastern Europe in the 1980s: A Hungarian Perspective

by Péter Vámos

January 2016

Inter-Korean Relations in Historical Context

Three months after signing a six-point inter-Korean communique on August 25th that called for talks “at an early date,” South and North Korea are poised to resume high-level discussions on December 11th. The talks, which will be held between vice-minister level officials from each side at the jointly-operated Kaesong Industrial Complex in North Korea, come on the heels of a recent round of family reunions.

Internships with the Cold War International History Project

Fall Semester Application Deadline is 15 July 2018

Program Intern (Cold War History)

Call Number: WC-CWIHP-FA2017-I-18


The Cold War International History Project (CWIHP) at the Woodrow Wilson Center accepts internship applications throughout the year. The summer semester deadline in 30 March, the fall semester deadline is 15 July, and the spring semester deadline is 15 November.

Foreign Policy Breakthroughs: What Can We Learn From Cases in Successful Diplomacy?

With their new book, co-editors, Robert Hutchings and Jeremi Suri want to help practitioners and scholars reinvent diplomacy by learning and applying the lessons of success. By focusing on cases in successful diplomacy, the book provides a host of lessons learned through foreign policy diplomatic breakthroughs. That’s the focus of this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.

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.

Nixon's Nuclear Specter - The Secret Alert of 1969, Madman Diplomacy, and the Vietnam War

In their initial effort to end the Vietnam War, Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger attempted to lever concessions from Hanoi at the negotiating table with military force and coercive diplomacy. They backed up their diplomacy toward North Vietnam and the Soviet Union with the Madman Theory of threatening excessive force, which included the specter of nuclear force.