History News

FDR Was The Last Great President. Let's Never Have Another

Oct 08, 2014
"For me, greatness means the following: You confront one of the three greatest nation-encumbering crises that the country faced; you extract from that crisis — as you weather it — some sort of transformative change that makes the nation better forever; and, in time, you are appreciated by your own partisans, as well as your adversaries, as a true national hero," says Aaron David Miller.

Call for Proposals: Postdoctoral Fellowships at the Berlin Center for Cold War Studies

Sep 12, 2014
The Berlin Center for Cold War Studies, slated to open in Spring of 2015, is seeking proposals for 2 available postdoctoral fellowships on the history of the Cold War.

Washington History Seminar Fall 2014 Lineup

Aug 20, 2014
The Washington History Seminar, sponsored jointly by the National History Center of the American Historical Association and the Wilson Center, announces its Fall 2014 schedule.

CWIHP and Partners Receive NEH Grant to Examine Sports and the Cold War

Aug 12, 2014
CWIHP and its partners have received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to organize and host a series of workshops exploring the role of sports during the Cold War.

The United States and the Guomindang Forces in Burma, 1949-1954: A Diplomatic Disaster

Aug 11, 2014
Former fellow Kenton Clymer recently published an article based on his work at the Wilson Center in the The Chinese Historical Review

Declassified Documents on Korean Armistice Agreement Featured on the Digital Archive

Jul 25, 2014
NKIDP has released a collection of Russian, Chinese, and Polish documents on the armistice negotiations which span the nearly two-year period of talks (July 1951-July 1953). The documents shed new light on North Korean, Soviet, and Chinese strategic thinking toward the conflict and the armistice.

Event Transcript - Researching the Middle East

Jul 18, 2014
Transcript for a panel discussion on the challenges of researching and writing on recent Middle East history.

Remembering Eduard Shevardnadze

Jul 08, 2014
Eduard Shevardnadze, the Soviet Union's last foreign minister who later served as Georgian president, passed away at the age of 86, sparking a collective assessment of the political legacy he left to Russia and Georgia. Global Fellow Kenneth Yalowitz, William Courtney and Denis Corboy summarize lessons we can learn for today from Shevardnadze’s and Georgia's struggles.

CfP: The Great Transformation? Reassessing the Causes and Consequences of the End of the Cold War

Jul 01, 2014
The Department of International History of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, with the support from the Fondation Pierre du Bois pour l’Histoire du Temps Présent, will host an international conference on the end of the Cold War in Geneva on September 24-26, 2015.

Brzezinski, Ischinger, and Pifer Discuss Mutual Security

Jun 30, 2014
The transcript of the Global Europe Program’s June 16, 2014, event “Mutual Security on Hold? Russia, the West, and European Security Architecture,” is now available. The discussion focused on the challenges facing mutual security, particularly the transatlantic relationship, in the wake of the crisis with Ukraine and Russia. This event also marked the 50th anniversary of the Munich Security Conference, which is chaired by Wilson Center Distinguished Scholar Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger.