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Becoming Enemies: U.S.-Iran Relations and the Iran-Iraq War, 1979-1988

Becoming Enemies brings the unique methods of critical oral history, developed to study flashpoints from the Cold War such as the Cuban Missile Crisis, to understand U.S. and Iranian relations from the fall of the Shah in 1978 through the Iranian hostage crisis and the Iraq-Iran war. Scholars and former officials involved with U.S. and UN policy take a fresh look at U.S and Iranian relations during this time, with special emphasis on the U.S. role in the Iran Iraq War.

Is the World More Dangerous 50 years after the Cuban Missile Crisis?

In October the world will observe the 50th Anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, when the world came closest to nuclear war. In this Wilson Center National Conversation, panelists will discuss the Cuban Missile Crisis and the lessons that it holds in the context of the upcoming US presidential election. 

Thoughts on Strategy from a Career Ambassador

National War College Class of 2013

Introduction to Strategy Course

Friday, August 17, 2012, 8:30 am - 10:00 am

Thoughts on Strategy

 Remarks by J. Stapleton Roy


OFF-SITE CONFERENCE: United Atoms in a Divided World: The Early History of the International Atomic Energy Agency

The Department of Contemporary History at the University of Vienna in collaboration with the Wilson Center's Nuclear Proliferation International History Project will host an international conference entitled, United Atoms in a Divided World: The Early History of the International Atomic Energy Agency on the history of the IAEA during the cold war years. The conference will cover a wide range of issues, including the creation of the Agency, its role in the nuclear non-proliferation regime, and the Agency's technical programs.

50th Anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis

Summer Institute on the International History of Nuclear Weapons

The SHAFR Summer Institute: From the Manhattan Project to the Global Nuclear Disarmament Movement

14-19 June 2013

The Global Offensive: The United States, the Palestine Liberation Organization, and the Making of the Post-Cold War Order

On March 21, 1968, Yasir Arafat and his guerrillas made the fateful decision to break with conventional guerrilla tactics, choosing to stand and fight an Israeli attack on the al-Karama refugee camp in Jordan. They suffered terrible casualties, but they won a stunning symbolic victory that transformed Arafat into an Arab hero and allowed him to launch a worldwide campaign, one that would reshape Cold War diplomacy and revolutionary movements everywhere.

Hanoi's War: An International History of the War for Peace in Vietnam

Lien-Hang T. Nguyen, associate professor of history at the University of Kentucky examines the international context in which North Vietnamese leaders pursued the war and American intervention ended in her latest book entitled, Hanoi's War: An International History of the War for Peace in Vietnam which was awarded the 2012 Edward M. Coffman Prize, Society for Military History.

New Documents Show US Feared Proliferation of Nuclear Technology in 1960s

Early Atomic Energy Comission Studies Show Concern over Gas Centrifuge Proliferation Risk


It would “Not be too Difficult” to Build a Secret Plant to Produce Highly Enriched Uranium, AEC Warned

U.S. Officials Worried that Unless U.S. and Allies Imposed Classification and Export Controls “Unfriendly” Countries Such as China Could Acquire Gas Centrifuges