How did the Cold War really end? Did the history books get it right? And is there a connection between the end of that era and contemporary issues like Middle East turmoil and Putin’s Russia? Wilson Center Fellow Diana Negroponte is writing a book that will review the history of the end of the Cold War. She provides a preview in this edition of Wilson Center NOW.
In December of 1950, the crew of the SS Meredith Victory performed what the Guinness Book of World Records refers to as “the greatest rescue operation ever by a single ship.” One of the last surviving members of the crew, Admiral J. Robert Lunney, recounts the unlikely and amazing journey that ended when 14,000 refugees, and 5 babies born during the voyage, safely arrived on the island of Koje Do.
What can the past tell us about the likely outcome of current bargaining with Iran over its nuclear program? With negotiations ongoing, we spoke with Israeli scholar, Ori Rabinowitz, about the historical context for such dealings. She provides insights from past nuclear negotiations and how they might inform the current talks. Her book on the subject is titled, “Bargaining on Nuclear Tests: Washington and its Cold War Deals.” That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW.