Diplomatic History

Putin's Evolution

How did Vladimir Putin, the president who promised Russians stability when he first came to power in 2000, become today’s high-stakes gambler, presiding over an economy in crisis and the war in Ukraine? Why do his priorities now center on his political survival, even as the price he is making ordinary Russians pay for it grows out of all proportion?

North Korea's American Allies

NKIDP e-Dossier no. 18

North Korea's American Allies:

DPRK Public Diplomacy and the American-Korean Friendship and Information Center, 1971-1976

By Brandon Gauthier
January 2015

A changed context favors better US–Brazil relations as President Rousseff begins second term

As President Dilma Rousseff starts her second term in office after a narrow reelection victory that  divided Brazilians and left her without a clear mandate, prospects for success are threatened by a stagnant economy, a corruption scandal of epic proportions and the lack of solid support from her own political base in Congress. The urgency to confront these challenges, however, is likely to favorably impact Brazil–United States relations and lead to a more productive dialogue than the two countries had in recent years. The disposition of the U.S.

U.S.-Cuba to resume diplomatic relations

Tom Weber interviews the Latin American Program’s Associate Director, Eric Olson, in a MPR special report on resumed diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba.

To follow the story and listen to the interview, click here.

Japan’s Relations with the Korean Peninsula, 1975

Click the image to be redirected to the Wilson Center's Digital Archive to view additional documents on Japan-Korea relations.

From the Velvet Revolution to Putin’s Russia: Is the Need for “Free Media” Greater Than Ever?

Twenty five years after the Velvet Revolution, Europe today is whole and free, but democracy and prerequisite independent media are on the decline in much of the former Soviet Union and elsewhere. RFE/RL, VOA, Radio Free Asia, Middle East Broadcasting Network, and Radio Marti, all publicly funded by the U.S. Congress, attempt to fill the information deficit in nations across the globe. Two participants in that effort, A. Ross Johnson and Nenad Pejic, reflect on past success and present challenges. What Cold War lessons resonate today and what are the demands of the new media environment?

Sino-West German Relations during the Mao Era

 

CWIHP e-Dossier No. 56

 
 
Sino-West German Relations during the Mao Era

Advance Warning: Reagan and South Africa's Nuclear Testing Promise

Interview with former South African Foreign Minister R.F. “Pik” Botha, conducted by Or Rabinowitz (PhD), in Pretoria, November 2010, regarding South Africa’s nuclear history

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