Military History

The Algerian Revolution and the Communist Bloc

CWIHP e-Dossier No. 62

The Algerian Revolution and the Communist Bloc: Evidence from the Algerian National Archives

 

by Pierre Asselin, Professor of History, Hawaii Pacific University
February 2015

 

The Consequences of Misunderstanding the Middle East

What’s worse for the United States -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad or the Islamic State (IS)? Even before the reports this week of the beheading of a third American, Peter Kassig, my money's on IS. But recent reports suggest that that there are some in the administration who may think otherwise; and a recent policy review is allegedly pushing the view that to really get at IS you need to fundamentally weaken Assad.

War from the Victims’ Perspective: Photographs by Jean Mohr Exhibit

The Wilson Center will be hosting an exhibit from November 21, 2014 to February 6, 2015 consisting of a collection of photographs by acclaimed Swiss photographer Jean Mohr and is entitled, “War from the Victims’ Perspective”.

Forecasting Nuclear War

Forecasting Nuclear War:

Stasi/KGB Intelligence Cooperation under Project RYaN

Between 1981 and 1989 the foreign intelligence branches of the Soviet KGB and the East German Ministry of State Security launched a combined effort to develop a system for detecting signs of an impending western nuclear first strike. Codenamed “Project RYaN”, this early-warning system constituted one part of the Soviet response to the perceived threat of a surprise “decapitation” strike by NATO nuclear forces.

Introduction to the Commentaries on the History of the Southern Resistance

John Prados"Introduction to the Commentaries on the History of the Southern Resistance," review of Lịch sử Nam bộ kháng chiến (History of the Southern Resistance), edited by Hội Đồng Chỉ Đạo Biên Soạn Lịch Sử Nam Bộ Kháng Chiến, Cold War International History ProjectOctober 2014.

Analyzing ‘Operation Inherent Resolve’

Two months after its first airstrikes against Islamic State, Washington has finally named its latest military operation in the Middle East. The delay was curious. Maybe it was hard to come up with a title that embraced the massive but amorphous nature of this novel intervention against Islamic State, an extremist movement (also known as ISIS or ISIL) that has gobbled up vast chunks of Iraq and Syria.

A century after WWI, Russia again imperial

Vladimir Putin and his re-drawing of the map of Ukraine have once again reminded the world of the instability that accompanies imperial thinking. The age of empire collapsed in the aftermath of World War I, but Putin has used the 100th anniversary of the Great War to assert Russia's imperial mission in a decidedly post-colonial world.

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Captive Society: The Basij Militia and Social Control in Iran

Iran’s Organization for the Mobilization of the Oppressed (Sazeman-e Basij-e Mostazafan), commonly known as the Basij, is a paramilitary organization used by the regime to suppress dissidents, vote as a bloc, and indoctrinate Iranian citizens. Captive Society surveys the Basij’s history, structure, and relations with the Revolutionary Guard, as well as it sociology and its roles in Iran’s society, economy, and educational system.

Burning Secrets of the Corfu Channel Incident

CWIHP Working Paper No. 70, “Burning Secrets of the Corfu Channel Incident” offers a fresh look at an October 1946 naval incident off the coast of Albania where two British warships struck mines while navigating the Channel near Albanian territorial waters. Using declassified Albanian documents and recently released British documents “previously unknown to the Albanian public,” Lalaj examines this early episode of the Cold War and subsequent legal case at the International Court of Justice.

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

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