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Missed Opportunities for Peace? The United States, Jordan and the 1967 Arab-Israeli War

This seminar session will explore both United States and Jordanian decision-making in the run up to the June 1967 Arab-Israeli war. It will consider in particular the claim made by the former CIA station chief in Amman, Jack O’Connell, that he passed a specific warning about the Israeli plan of attack to King Hussein of Jordan. In his recent book, King’s Counsel, O’Connell presented new evidence about the so-called U.S. ‘green light’ to Israel.

Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar Hope M. Harrison was featured in The Washington Post

Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar Hope M. Harrison was featured in The Washington Post discussing the 50th anniversary of the American/Soviet showdown at Checkpoint Charlie—an incident that some feared would trigger nuclear war. “The construction of the wall was largely an East German initiative,” Harrison said at a conference hosted by  The National Declassification Center at the National Archives, in partnership with the Historical Review Program of the CIA.

Book Discussion: The Oil Prince's Legacy: Rockefeller Philanthropy in China

In 1863, the Rockeller family sold its first kerosene to China and made its first philanthropic gift to China missions. In her new book, The Oil Prince’s Legacy: Rockefeller Philanthropy in China, Mary Brown Bullock, Distinguished Visiting Professor of China Studies at Emory University, traces the relationship between the family and China since then, emphasizing in particular the notion that the sustained emphasis on elite science and medicine by the family legitimated a secular U.S.

Women, Migration and the Work of Care: The United States in Comparative Perspective

Native-born American workers are not meeting current U.S. demands for care workers, whether for children, the elderly, or those with chronic illnesses. As a result, there are significant opportunities for migrant workers--opportunities to which women from many parts of the globe are responding. But because U.S. immigration quotas are not in synch with these needs, many potential care workers are entering the country without documentation. Temporary care work programs--though not unproblematic--may be the answer.

Why Latino/a History Matters to U.S. History: A lecture by Dr. Vicki Ruiz

Please join us for the inauguration of  “The Past, Present, and Future of U.S. Women’s History” lecture series, a joint venture between the
The National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) and the Woodrow Wilson Center. This series is aimed at promoting the need for a national museum to focus on women’s lives  over the course of United States history. Our goal is to cover diverse topics in women’s history, explore leading scholarship and address the question, “Why women’s history?”

Book Discussion: "American Dreamers: How the Left Changed a Nation"

The conventional view of the American left has been a story of movements that failed to gain support from mainstream America. In American Dreamers: How the Left Changed a Nation, author Michael Kazin argues that although these movements may not have succeeded on their own terms, many nonetheless made lasting contributions to American society.

Confused Superpower

Click here to read former Australian Scholar Brendon O'Conner's article "Confused Superpower" in the Australian.