50 years later, new research is shedding historical light on the tense and dangerous nuclear standoff between the US and USSR on the tiny island of Cuba. The first segment in a CONTEXT series marking the anniversary features Timothy Naftali who provides insight on the epic tale from the perspectives of Havana and Moscow.
New research is shedding additional historical light on the Cold War's iconic nuclear standoff between the US and USSR. CONTEXT has been looking back on what we're learning with an eye toward the lessons that apply today. In part 4 of our "On The Brink" series, James Hershberg tells us why new documents show us that, "this is not our parent's Cuban Missile Crisis."
The North Korea International Documentation Project is seeking internship applicants for the spring 2013 academic semester.
Documents on the inter-Korean dialogue in the 1970s released by NKIDP continue to be cited by Korean scholars, who are now questioning North Korea’s recent attacks on the Yushin constitution in light of the fact that there were no criticisms at the time Yushin was declared in 1972.
Indian Government Announces Major Release of Foreign Policy Documents at NPIHP-IDSA Workshop in New DelhiOct 17, 2012
India's Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has just announced the impending release of 220,000 newly declassified files on India's foreign policy history. Speaking at an NPIHP-Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) workshop on "The Early Years of Nuclear Cooperation and Non-Proliferation" in New Delhi, MEA Special Secretary Pinak Chakravarty explained that "It is understandable that the historical evolution of our nuclear policy and development of strategic thinking in this area is a matter of considerable academic interest ... We welcome academic inquiry and analysis on this subject."
Christian F. Ostermann is interviewed about the a new pop-up museum exhibit at the former site of Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin.
The George Washington University’s Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES) is pleased to announce a call for applications for the Mellon Pre-doctoral Fellowship in Cold War/Post-1945 International History for 2013-2014.
George Washington University’s Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies is pleased to announce the 11th annual Summer Institute on Conducting Archival Research (SICAR). This prestigious five-day seminar will be held in Washington, D.C., from 20-24 May, 2013.
The Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS), in cooperation with Cambridge University and the "Germany and the World in the Age of Glibalization" project, are pleased to announce a workshop to discuss current research on Cold War Germany from various thematic perspectives and to raise new questions on the societal impact of this global conflict. The workshop will be held at the FRIAS School of History in Germany from 19 September 2012 to 21 September 2012.
A new review essay by NPIHP Senior Advisor and Director of the University of Texas at Austin's Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law Francis J. Gavin scrutinizes the long-standing debate on nuclear proliferation between scholars Scott Sagan and Kenneth Waltz. Gavin concludes that Sagan and Waltz should update their arguments to reflect new insights from the archives, and formulate recommendations which acknowledge the real world complexity, uncertainty and time pressures which policy-makers face.