Two Days in June: JFK and the 48 Hours That Made History

Nov 17, 2015
In his book, Two Days in June: John F. Kennedy and the 48 Hours that Made History, author Andrew Cohen makes a case for the power of words and ideas.

Call for proposals: Postdoc Research Fellowships at the Berlin Center for Cold War Studies

Oct 29, 2015
Based on the research focus “Grenzen des Kalten Krieges | Compromising the Cold War“ the Berlin Center for Cold War Studies will award for its second academic year (October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017) postdoctoral research fellowships to emerging and established scholars in the field of history. The deadline to apply is 1 December, 2015.

Foreign Policy Breakthroughs: What Can We Learn From Cases in Successful Diplomacy?

Oct 20, 2015
With their new book, co-editors Robert Hutchings and Jeremi Suri want to help practitioners and scholars reinvent diplomacy by learning and applying the lessons of success. By focusing on cases in successful diplomacy, the book provides a host of lessons learned through foreign policy diplomatic breakthroughs. For more information on the book, visit:

Fall 2015 Washington History Seminar Schedule

Sep 01, 2015
The Fall 2015 Washington History Seminar schedule has been set. Please check back for additional descriptions and RSVP instructions as they become available.

Luther’s Fortress: Martin Luther and His Reformation Under Siege

Jul 31, 2015
Prolific author, acclaimed historian, and Wilson Center Senior Scholar, James Reston’s latest book draws on primary source correspondence, notes, and other writings to provide a gripping portrait of what may be the most productive months of Martin Luther’s life. Luther’s Fortress: Martin Luther and His Reformation Under Siege, chronicles a critical but little-known episode in Luther’s life, revealing its pivotal role in the history of Christianity. That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

The History of the End of the Cold War

Jul 22, 2015
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.

Ship of Miracles: Korea 1950

Jun 30, 2015
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.
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Illusionary Visions or Policy Options?

Jun 29, 2015
Report on the 2015 Streseman Workshop on discontent over Cold War security architecture in Europe and the search for alternatives.

Still Cozy After All These Years

Jun 25, 2015
"Sixty-five years after the Korean War, North Korea is more to Beijing than just a security buffer and an economic appendage of China’s insatiable economy. It is the battleground where China took on mighty America and wrestled it to a stalemate. Yes, at high cost, but according to the party, in the service of just causes: China’s greatness and the longevity of the CCP," write Masuda Hajimu and Sergey Radchenko.

Wilson Center Announces New Center for Korean History and Public Policy

Jun 12, 2015
The Woodrow Wilson Center announces the establishment of a new Hyundai Motor–Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy. The Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy will provide a coherent, long-term platform for improving historical understanding of Korea and framing the public policy debate on the Korean Peninsula in the United States and beyond.