22 July. The conference's theme is the communist security apparatus in the countries occupied by the Soviet Union (Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia) and the Soviet bloc states in Europe (Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, the German Democratic Republic, Hungary, Poland and Romania). The organizers invite interested historians to submit paper proposals.
CWIHP Call for Papers: At the Roots of the European Security System: Thirty Years Since the Helsinki Final ActJul 07, 2004
7 July 2004. The 30th anniversary of the Helsinki Final Act in 2005 is certain to bring about a whole harvest of conferences and commemorative events. These are likely to focus mainly on the CSCE's accomplishment in making human rights an indispensable requirement of a legitimate and well-functioning international system. While not trying to detract from the importance of this signal accomplishment, the proposed conference, by focusing on the "roots of European security," aims at the larger picture, of which the human rights issue is an integral, but only one, part. At issue is the significance of the CSCE for the redefinition and expansion of the meaning of security, resulting in increased importance of its nonmilitary ingredients at the expense of the military ones that is characteristic of today's remarkably stable and peaceful European security system—-a potential model for other parts of the world.
Former CWIHP director James G. Hershberg published an Op-ed on the end of the Cold War in the 27 June 2004 issue of the Washington Post (page B01). Read the article and the "Live Chat" on washingtonpost.com.
The joint book launch of Ambassador William Miller and Malcolm Byrne's new book Mohammad Mosaddeq and the 1953 Coup in Iran by CWIHP and MEP was covered in a National Iranian American Council press release.
CWIHP's Virtual Archive of documents and CWIHP Advisory Committee member Samuel F. Wells Jr. were featured in a 9 June 2004 Slate article on President Ronald Reagan and the end of the Cold War.
Kathryn Weathersby's contributed the chapter "The Soviet Role in the Korean War: The State of Historical Knowledge," to the new book The Korean War in World History.
On Wednesday, April 28, at 3:30 pm, author Ilya Gaiduk will discuss his new book which argues that the USSR attributed no geostrategic importance to Indochina and did not want the crisis there to disrupt détente. The panel discussion will also feature historians Kathryn Weathersby and James G. Hershberg. This event is open to the public.
CWIHP Working Paper No. 43, "Romania and the Warsaw Pact, 1955-1989," by Dennis Deletant and Mihail Ionescu, is now available for download from the CWIHP website. To download the PDF, please go to http://cwihp.si.edu, Publications >> Working Papers Series or follow the link below: CWIHP Working Paper #43
William Taubman wins the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for his biography, Khrushchev: The Man and His Era.