Military History

Cold War Legacies: Lessons from U.S.-Japan Military Strategies In The Pacific

The United States and Japan played a key role in bringing the Cold War to an end by confronting the Soviet Union in the Pacific together. There were, however, considerable political and operational challenges that resonate today. Parallels in conflicts as well as security competition between East and West in the Pacific during the Cold War and tensions in the region are striking.

Historic 'Comfort Women' Agreement Still Requires Action

Expectations are high in Seoul and Tokyo that Monday’s landmark agreement to resolve the “comfort women” issue will allow South Korea and Japan to restore and further bilateral relations. The agreement is significant for Korea in that it promises to provide the recognition and compensation victims have long sought.

Will ISIS Infect Bangladesh?

In a National Interest piece last August, we argued that ISIS’s prospects in Bangladesh are relatively limited. Pro-ISIS sentiment is weak, we concluded, and the group will have great difficulty establishing a strong foothold there.

Internships with the Cold War International History Project

Spring Semester Application Deadline is 15 November 2018

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.

The End of WW II From Japan's Perspective and its Implications for Today

As we observe the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, Shihoko Goto describes the end of war from Japan's perspective. “Japan can be a stronger regional leader by articulating its history as a whole, both as a victim and as an aggressor,” Goto says.