U.S. History

New HAPP Occasional Paper: A 21st Century Vision for U.S. Global Media

The Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program is pleased to announce the publication of an Occasional Paper, “A 21st  Century Vision for U.S. Global Media,” by Wilson Center Senior Scholar A.

A 21st Century Vision for U.S. Global Media

The  Wilson Center's  History and Public Policy Program is pleased to announce the publication of an Occasional Paper, “ A 21st  Century Vision for U.S. Global Media,” by Wilson Center Senior Scholar A. Ross Johnson and R.

Leak: How (and Why) Mark Felt Became Deep Throat

Deep Throat, the most fabled secret source in American history, was regarded for decades as a conscientious but highly secretive whistleblower who shunned the limelight. But when the FBI’s former no. 2 executive, W. Mark Felt, came forward in 2005 to claim the mantle, questions about his true motivation began to be raised. Max Holland will discuss the Deep Throat puzzle, revealing for the first time in detail why Mark Felt leaked and his inadvertent place in history.

The Remarkable Past and Present Fate of UNESCO

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, Cultural, and Communications Organization (UNESCO) grew from seeds planted during World War II and enjoyed bipartisan Congressional support as it joined the UN family in the 1940s. But controversy overtook it; the United States withdrew by 1984. It re-entered nearly twenty years later, but objecting to the agency’s 2011 vote to admit the Palestinian Authority, it began extracting itself once again. Barring a political miracle, the United States will assume observer status by this time next year. What will be the consequences?   

Woodrow Wilson’s second term may be model for Barack Obama

With Steven Spielberg’s film “Lincoln” hitting theaters this Friday, there’s a lot of hype about what our next president — now that we know who he is — can learn from Honest Abe about running and healing a politically divided country. But as Barack Obama heads into his second term, there’s another president who may have just as much relevance as a role model: Woodrow Wilson.

“Woman-Made Women: American Designers, Taste, and Mid-Century Culture”

The National Women’s History Museum and United States Studies of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars are hosting a lecture in the series "The Past, Present, and Future of U.S. Women’s History," with Dr. Kathy Peiss of University of Pennsylvania.

This event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are requested.

Please respond with acceptances only to swinston@nwhm.org

 

On The Brink Part 5: The Cuban Missile Crisis 50 Years Later

In the latest chapter of our "On The Brink" series, we explore the meaning and relevance of the term, "nuclear order of battle" with Robert S. Norris from the Federation of American Scientists. If the worst had happened, how would escalation have occured? Norris' research is the first that attempts to answer this question.

Part 6 - Coming Monday, October 29

 

On The Brink Part 1: The Cuban Missile Crisis 50 Years Later

Many believed that the Cold War would end with the ultimate bang. And for two weeks in October of 1962, their worst fears were almost realized. New research is shedding additional historical light on the tense and dangerous nuclear standoff between the US and USSR., with the tiny nation of Cuba in the middle. For the next two weeks, CONTEXT will look back on what we're learning with an eye toward the lessons that apply today. Our first segment, featuring, Timothy Naftali, provides insight on the epic tale from the perspectives of Havana and Moscow.

The Soviet Cuban Missile Crisis: Castro, Mikoyan, Kennedy, Khrushchev, and the Missiles of November

This book rewrites the conventional history of the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis by drawing on secret transcripts of top-level diplomacy undertaken by Anastas Mikoyan, the number-two Soviet leader under Nikita Khrushchev. The crisis of the “missiles of October” actually stretched beyond the “13 days” and into November, as the Soviets secretly planned to leave more than a hundred tactical nuclear weapons in Cuba—until Fidel Castro’s obstreperous behavior made them reverse their decision. 

Nuclear Statecraft: History and Strategy in America’s Atomic Age

We are at a critical juncture in world politics. Nuclear strategy and policy have risen to the top of the global policy agenda, and issues ranging from a nuclear Iran to the global zero movement are generating sharp debate. The historical origins of our contemporary nuclear world are deeply consequential for contemporary policy, but it is crucial that decisions are made on the basis of fact rather than myth and misapprehension. In Nuclear Statecraft, Francis J.

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