CWIHP Working Paper Series

The Cold War International History Project Working Paper Series is designed to provide a speedy outlet for historians who have gained access to newly-available archives and sources and would like to share their results. Edited by Christian F. Ostermann, and supported generously by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, other foundations, and private donations from individuals and corporations.

Issues in this Series

Not at the Cost of China: India and the United Nations Security Council, 1950

Anton Harder
Author Anton Harder examines the controversy surrounding India's role in the United Nations Security Council in the 1950s. Using Indian archival material from the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, this paper shows that America's interest in seeing India join the Security Council was motivated by the emergence of the People's Republic of China as a regional power, and that this episode was an early example of the United States attempting to use the United Nations to further its own Cold War interests.

Warming Up a Cooling War: An Introductory Guide on the CIAS and Other Globally Operating Anti-communist Networks at the Beginning of the Cold War Decade of Détente

Torben Gülstorff
In CWIHP Working Paper #75, Torben Gülstorff examines the history of the CIAS (Comité international d’Information et d’Action Sociale), an international, anti-communist network that became a central component of the global anti-communist movement after 1945. Focusing on the period between 1957 and 1965, the paper highlights the unique global nature of CIAS and the role they played in supporting anti-communist domestic and foreign policies of their respective home governments.

The Shah's Petro-Diplomacy with Ceausescu: Iran and Romania in the era of Detente

Roham Alvandi and Eliza Gheorghe
Using 16 newly declassified documents from the Romanian archives, CWIHP Working Paper No. 74 sheds new light on the external relations of Iran's Tudeh party, and the role of oil in Iranian diplomacy towards the Soviet Union and the socialist bloc.

The Soviet-Vietnamese Intelligence Relationship during the Vietnam War

Merle Pribbenow
In CWIHP Working Paper No. 73, "The Soviet-Vietnamese Intelligence Relationship during the Vietnam War: Cooperation and Conflict," Merle Pribbenow explores the role played by Soviet Union’s intelligence agencies, namely the KGB and the GRU, in the Vietnam War.

Hope Denied: The US Defeat of the 1965 Revolt in the Dominican Republic

Piero Gleijeses
In CWIHP Working Paper No. 72, Piero Gleijeses explores the US military intervention in the Dominican Republic in April, 1965. Using recently-declassified US sources, this paper asks, was there a real danger of a communist takeover had the US not invaded? How democratic were the June 1966 elections, and did Washington force the terms of a provisional government on the besieged rebels?

Fraternal Support: The East German ‘Stasi’ and the Democratic Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam War

Martin Grossheim
Former Wilson Center Fellow Martin Grossheim examines the relationship between the East Germany Stasi and Vietnam, arguing that despite its "second-tier" status in the socialist world, the GDR had a profound impact on the development and evolution of state socialism in Vietnam.

Burning Secrets of the Corfu Channel Incident

Ana Lalaj
Using declassified Albanian documents and recently released British documents, CWIHP Working Paper No. 70 examines the Corfu Channel Incident and subsequent legal case at the International Court of Justice.

The (Inter-Communist) Cold War on Ice: Soviet-Czechoslovak Ice Hockey Politics, 1967-1969

Oldrich Tuma, Mikhail Prozumenschikov, John Soares, Mark Kramer, and James G. Hershberg
CWIHP Working Paper No. 69 presents new archival evidence on hockey’s role in the turbulent Soviet-Czechoslovak relationship in the period surrounding the Moscow-led Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia in August 1968.

"Difficult to Draw a Balance Sheet": Ottawa Views the 1974 Canada-USSR Hockey Series

John Soares
In CWIHP Working Paper No. 68, "Difficult to Draw a Balance Sheet": Ottawa Views the 1974 Canada-USSR Hockey Series, author John Soares uses Canadian archival sources to examine the diplomatic planning and difficulties surrounding the 1974 Canada-USSR hockey series.

Ambivalent Alliance: Chinese Policy towards Indonesia, 1960-1965

Taomo Zhou
In CWIHP Working Paper No. 67, "Ambivalent Alliance: Chinese Policy towards Indonesia, 1960-1965," Taomo Zhou argues that China and Indonesia enjoyed a remarkably cordial quasi-alliance with one another during the first half of the 1960s, and yet the relationship was beset by domestic social resistance, exemplified by two waves of anti-Chinese protests in Indonesia. Filling in the gaps in this important but understudied period, Zhou challenges the existing nation-state-centered narratives of China’s Cold War experience by combining top-down geopolitical analysis with bottom-up processes, and tracing diplomacy in practice and migration on the ground.

The ‘Club of Politically Engaged Conformists’?

Kevin McDermott and Vitezslav Sommer
In CWIHP Working Paper No. 66, “The ‘Club of Politically Engaged Conformists’? The Communist Party of Czechoslovakia, Popular Opinion and the Crisis of Communism, 1956,” Kevin McDermott and Vítězslav Sommer argue that 1956 represented a ‘crisis of communism’ of monumental proportions in Eastern Europe, but that Czechoslovakia remained a haven of political stability, ideological orthodoxy and social cohesion despite the upheavals occurring in neighboring Poland and Hungary.

A Romanian INTERKIT? Soviet Active Measures and the Warsaw Pact “Maverick” 1965-1989

Larry Watts
In CWIHP Working Paper No. 65, Larry L. Watts argues that Soviet propaganda campaigns against Romania presaged similar operations against China, may have had a direct influence on the development of later anti-Chinese structures and tactics, and were continued after the anti-Chinese effort concluded in 1986.

Beyond India: The Utility of Sino-Pakistani Relations in Chinese Foreign Policy, 1962-1965

Christopher Tang
In CWIHP Working Paper No. 64, Christopher Tang argues that the Sino-Pakistani relationship must be viewed within the larger context of China’s foreign policy.

The Interkit Story: A Window into the Final Decades of the Sino-Soviet Relationship

James G. Hershberg, David Wolff, Péter Vámos, and Sergey Radchenko
CWIHP Working Paper No. 63

Sino-Hungarian Relations and the 1956 Revolution

Péter Vámos
CWIHP Working Paper No. 54

Inside the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan and the Seizure of Kabul, December 1979

Aleksandr Antonovich Lyakhovskiy
CWIHP Working Paper No. 51

Rudolf Slansky: His Trials and Trial

Igor Lukes
CWIHP Working Paper No. 50

Moscow's Surprise: The Soviet-Israeli Alliance of 1947-1949

Laurent Rucker
CWIHP Working Paper No. 46

North Korean "Adventurism" and China's Long Shadow, 1966-1972

Bernd Schaefer
CWIHP Working Paper No. 44

Romania and the Warsaw Pact, 1955-1989

Dennis Deletant and Mihail Ionescu
CWIHP Working Paper No. 43

The Soviet Union, Hong Kong and the Cold War, 1945-1970

Michael Share
CWIHP Working Paper No. 41

The KGB in Afghanistan

Vasili Mitrokhin
CWIHP Working Paper No. 40

"Should We Fear This?" Stalin and the Danger of War with America

Kathryn Weathersby
CWIHP Working Paper No. 39

The New Course in Hungary in 1953

Janos Rainer
CWIHP Working Paper No. 38

Mao's Conversations with the Soviet Ambassador, 1953-55

Paul Wingrove
CWIHP Working Paper No. 36

Conversations with Stalin on Questions of Political Economy

Ethan Pollock
CWIHP Working Paper No. 33

The Warsaw Pact and Nuclear Nonproliferation, 1963-1965

Douglas Selvage
CWIHP Working Paper No. 32

The End of the Soviet Uranium Gap: The Soviet Uranium Agreements with Czechoslovakia and East Germany (1945/1953)

Rainer Karlsch and Zbynek Zeman
CWIHP Working Paper No. 29. This Working Paper is not available at this time. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Majales: The Abortive Student Revolt in Czechoslovakia in 1956

John P. C. Matthews
CWIHP Working Paper No. 24

77 Conversations Between Chinese and Foreign Leaders on the Wars in Indochina, 1964-77

Odd Arne Westad, Chen Jian, Stein Tønnesson, Nguyen Vu Tung, and James G. Hershberg
CWIHP Working Paper No. 22

"Why Keep Such an Army?" Khrushchev's Troop Reductions

Matthew Evangelista
CWHIP Working Paper No. 19

The 1956 Hungarian Revolution and World Politics

Csaba Bekes
CWIHP Working Paper No. 16

The "Iran Crisis" of 1945-46: A View from the Russian Archives

Natalia I. Yegorova
CWIHP Working Paper No. 15

The United States, the East German Uprising of 1953, and the Limits of Rollback

Christian F. Ostermann
CWIHIP Working Paper No. 11

New Evidence on the Soviet Rejection of the Marshall Plan, 1947: Two Reports

Scott D. Parrish and Mikhail M. Narinsky
CWHIP Working Paper No. 9

Vietnamese Archives and Scholarship on the Cold War Period: Two Reports

Mark Bradley and Robert K. Brigham
CWIHP Working Paper No. 7

Khrushchev and the Berlin Crisis (1958-62)

Vladislav Zubok
CWIHP Working Paper No. 6

Archival Research on the Cold War Era: A Report from Budapest, Prague and Warsaw

P. J. Simmons
CWIHP Working Paper No. 2. This Working Paper is not available online. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Soviet Deliberations during the Polish Crisis, 1980-1981

Mark Kramer
Special Working Paper No. 1

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