History

The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s

President Dwight Eisenhower’s historical reputation has been steadily rising for decades, but what did he actually accomplish of lasting significance? Drawing on new research, William I. Hitchcock argues that Eisenhower significantly shaped the twentieth century, and left lasting legacies in foreign policy, domestic affairs, and upon the presidency itself.

The Kremlinologist: Llewellyn E. Thompson, America's Man in Cold-War Moscow

In The Kremlinologist, diplomat Llewellyn E. Thompson’s daughters, Jenny and Sherry Thompson, trace their father’s journey from boyhood in rural Colorado and New Mexico to U.S. ambassador to the USSR to presidential advisor on Soviet Affairs.

The Sixth Annual Nancy Bernkopf Tucker Memorial Lecture

Sustaining Taiwan through the 21st Century

Chinese Strategic Assessments of Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia has been, and remains, a natural focus of China’s geopolitical ambitions. Beijing’s strategic approach toward the region has crystalized as Chinese capabilities have changed. Today’s China is unmistakably asserting its status as Asia’s dominant power and Southeast Asian states find themselves under growing pressure to accommodate and defer to a new and increasingly stark reality. The geopolitical future of Asia is in play, the pace of change is breathtaking, and the stakes both for the region and for the United States are enormous.

Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929-1941

In 1941, history’s largest, most horrific war ever broke out, between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany.  Some 55 million people were killed worldwide in WWII, half in the Soviet Union.  Who was Joseph Stalin?  Who was Adolf Hitler?  Why did they clash?  This lecture, based upon a book of the same name, uses a vast array of once secret documents to trace the ri

The Irreplaceable Asma Jehangir

Back in November 2005, the Woodrow Wilson Center hosted a talk by Asma Jehangir, Pakistan’s most prominent human rights activist. Those of us in the audience that day could not have known how prophetic her words would be.

Jehangir, who died on February 11, warned that until Pakistan’s powerful military “recedes,” the country will not become a more moderate or tolerant place. She made a bold declaration: For Pakistan to truly prosper, it must “demilitarize.”

The Class of ’74: Congress After Watergate and the Roots of Partisanship

Scholars often dismiss the so-called “Watergate Babies” – the large group of Democrats elected to the House of Representatives in the aftermath of the scandal that drive Richard Nixon from the presidency – as having had little respect for the institution of Congress or its leaders.

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