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Internships with the Cold War International History Project

Fall Semester Application Deadline is 15 July 2019

Program Intern (Cold War History)

Call Number: WC-CWIHP-FA2017-I-18
 

Background

The Cold War International History Project (CWIHP) at the Woodrow Wilson Center accepts internship applications throughout the year. The summer semester deadline in 30 March, the fall semester deadline is 15 July, and the spring semester deadline is 15 November.

ISIS Rising: Overestimating the Threat?

For obvious reasons, ISIS remains a major focus of security discussions. But is it possible that we are overestimating the threat? A recent Wilson Center panel considered the possibility that the Islamic State, like the mythological Icarus, may be headed for a crash of sorts. 

Insights from a National Dialogue on Climate Change, Energy, and Security

In the midst of a minefield on day two of Desert Storm Task Force Ripper, Marine Corps Operations Officer Richard Zilmer stepped out of his armored personnel carrier, squinted up at the sky, and saw nothing but black from horizon to horizon. Iraqi forces, trying desperately to blunt the attack of coalition armies, had set fire to hundreds of Kuwaiti oil wells and oil-filled trenches.

What Stood Out From Obama’s Speech on Iran Deal at American University

President Obama is likely to get his Iran deal through Congress, but that’s because of his advantages in congressional math, not thanks to his powers of persuasion. Wednesday’s address was no uplifting moment like that at American University in 1963 when President John F. Kennedy delivered his “we all breathe the same air” speech in an effort to market the advantages of agreements with the Russians.

Taliban Leader Mullah Omar’s Death Confirmed

Asia Program Senior Associate, Michael Kugelman speaks about the significance of the confirmed death of Taliban Supreme Leader Mullah Omar.

Turkey's New Role in the Fight Against ISIS: Game Changer?

Turkey has finally acceded to America’s request that it open up its southern airbases to U.S. aircraft combatting the Islamic State. The decision has been seen as a major breakthrough in the fight against ISIS and has been accompanied by a Turkish announcement that it too would actively join the anti-ISIS coalition. However, the situation has been complicated by Turkey’s simultaneous decision to also attack the Turkish-Kurdish insurgent group, the PKK, with which it had been engaged in peace talks.

The Other Nuclear Deal

The political class in Washington is consumed at the moment with parsing each clause in last week’s nuclear agreement with Iran for secret meanings, hidden loopholes and possible portents. That America would come to terms on a topic of such political and strategic sensitivity with a state long viewed with suspicion, if not outright antagonism, alarms some and angers others. Questions of who snookered whom abound. Sound familiar?

Five Things to Watch for in the Wake of Iran Nuclear Deal

Whether you’re about to break open the champagne or don sack cloth over the U.S.-Iran nuclear deal, you may have questions about the agreement. Here are five things to look out for in the coming days, as we all assess the text of the agreement and reactions to it:

A New Vision for US Foreign Policy

In an era of new and emerging global threats, Senator Chris Murphy believes there is an urgent need for a new vision for US foreign policy. During a recent Wilson Center address, he outlined eight principles for a vision that seeks to maintain U.S. global leadership while looking beyond our traditional military toolkit for engaging the world. He discussed the ideas with the Wilson Center's Aaron David Miller and attendees of the event. That’s the focus of this edition of REWIND.

Is No Nuclear Deal With Iran a Better Outcome for Obama?

I still think the odds favor a deal, soon, on the Iran nuclear issue. But as negotiations have continued, and in light of Iranian demands to eliminate the U.N. arms embargo, including restrictions on its ballistic missile technology, there are reasons that Barack Obama might now feel that no deal would better serve his interests. Consider the advantages if the president were to view time as an ally, not an adversary:

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