Diplomatic History

Issue Brief #3: The Breach: Ukraine's Territorial Integrity and the Budapest Memorandum

Above: U.S. Secretary of Defense William J. Perry (right) Ukraine Minister of Defense Valeriy Shmarov (center) and Russian Federation Minister of Defense General of the Army Pavel Grachev (left) celebrate the completed dismantlement of Silo 110 by planting sunflowers in the field where the missile silo used to be near Pervomaysk, Ukraine, June 4, 1996

From Sarajevo, 1914 to Southeastern Europe, 2014: Wars, Transitions and Controversies

In Balkans into Southeastern Europe, 1914-2014, A Century of War and Transition  (Palgrave, 2014), John Lampe revises and expands his 2006 volume to reconsider the region's full century since the assassination in Sarajevo and the Great War that followed.  Drawing on recent scholarship and addressing recent controversies, he traces the saga of Southeastern Europe from the explosive mixture of Balkan states and imperial borderlands before the First World War, through the trials that their successors faced during two world wars, the Cold War, and finally the wars of Yugoslavia's disso

Women’s Access to Power and Decision-Making in Africa: Addressing Obstacles and Offering Solutions

There is widespread agreement that equal access to power and decision-making for men and women is fundamental to representative and responsive governance. This has been highlighted in governance and development discourses against a background of women’s unequal and limited access to public office. Women’s substantive representation in political positions is crucial to closing the gender gap in decision-making structures.

The United States and the Guomindang Forces in Burma, 1949-1954: A Diplomatic Disaster

Former Asia Program fellow Kenton Clymer recently published an article with The Chinese Historial Review titled "The United States and the Guomindgang (KMT) Forces in Burma, 1949-1954: A Diplomatic Disaster."  The article explores the KMT issue and "how it bitterly divided American diplomatic opinion."  It is based on work that Clymer completed while at the Wilson Center.

Declassified Documents on Korean Armistice Agreement Featured on the Digital Archive

Sixty-one years ago this week, the 1950-53 Korean War ended in an armistice, with neither side legitimately able to claim outright victory. When the armistice was signed on 27 July 1953, talks had already dragged on for more than two years. Issues such as the line of demarcation were agreed upon early in the negotiations by military commanders from North Korea and China on one side, and the United States on the other. Yet, for over a year-and-a-half, talks became ensnared on the exchange of prisoners of war.

CfP: The Great Transformation? Reassessing the Causes and Consequences of the End of the Cold War

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The Great Transformation?
Reassessing the Causes and Consequences of the End of the Cold War

The Department of International History of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, with the support from the Fondation Pierre du Bois pour l’Histoire du Temps Présent, will host an international conference on the end of the Cold War in Geneva on September 24-26, 2015.

Symbolic Nation-Building in Croatia from the Homeland War to EU Membership

Drawing on a recently published larger volume - Strategies of Symbolic Nation-Building in Southeast EuropeVjeran Pavlakovic will analyze the nation and state building strategies of the Croatian elite since the country attained independence, following the Homeland War, 1991-1995. In his presentation, Pavlakovic will focus on the role of contested narratives and commemorative practices related to the wars of the 20th century in the political arena.

Tough Calls: the Second Annual Nancy Bernkopf Tucker Memorial Lecture

On April 16th, 2014, Harry Harding delivered the Second Annual Nancy Bernkopf Tucker Memorial Lecture for the Asia Program.  Harding is the dean of the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia.

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