History News

What’s Behind the Hostility Toward Women in Iran

Oct 27, 2014
"Parliamentarians’ renewed obsession with women’s dress and male-female workplace mixing represents a throwback to the early days of the Islamic revolution, when women who did not observe the Islamic dress code were subject to 70 lashes and when men and women were segregated in university classrooms, buses and elsewhere," writes Haleh Esfandiari.

Why Sending Weapons to Ukraine Would be a Terrible Idea for the US

Oct 27, 2014
"The Ukraine Freedom Support Act grants permission to send Ukraine a variety of weapons, ammunition, and specialized equipment to fill gaps in its current military’s capabilities. But it completely misunderstands what Ukraine needs. And if the US goes down this road, it will be sleepwalking into a proxy conflict with Russia," writes Michael Kofman.

Analyzing ‘Operation Inherent Resolve’

Oct 16, 2014
"Washington has finally named its latest military operation in the Middle East. The choice–'Operation Inherent Resolve'–has both a loneliness and a longness about it, and even a sadness. It also stands in stark contrast to the more optimistic names of the past three U.S. wars in the Middle East and south Asia," writes Robin Wright.

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.