Diplomatic History

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.

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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

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.