Diplomatic History

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.

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.

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.

The Origins of Nuclear Cooperation

The Origins of Nuclear Cooperation

A Critical Oral History Between Argentina and Brazil

Seeking Historical Reconciliation: The U.S. Role in Fostering Relations Between Japan and South Korea

Democratic ideals and cultural exchanges among nations have been seen as effective tools to encourage reconciliation between former adversaries. But that seemingly has not been the case in relations between Japan and South Korea, even if democratic values are shared. Wilson Center Fellow and Waseda University professor Toyomi Asano notes that it is important to share memories of the United States-led process of decolonization after the Japanese Empire’s defeat.

Contested Memories and Reconciliation Challenges: Japan and the Asia-Pacific on the 70th Anniversary of the End of World War II

The eyes and ears of much of Asia will be on Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe when he delivers a speech in August 2015 to commemorate 70 years since the end of World War II. It will undoubtedly be the most scrutinized of Abe’s public addresses to date, a fact that has not escaped the Prime Minister’s Office as experts have been assembled months in advance to advise him on the broader strategy and the appropriate wording for the occasion. 

Tlatelolco Tested

The Falklands/Malvinas War and Latin America's Nuclear Weapons Free Zone

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