Cold War Publications

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

Feb 20, 2015
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.
Connecting Histories: Decolonization and the Cold War in Southeast Asia, 1945–1962, edited by Christopher Goscha and Christian Ostermann

Connecting Histories: Decolonization and the Cold War in Southeast Asia, 1945–1962

Jan 23, 2015
This edited volume draws on newly available archival documentation from both Western and Asian countries to explore decolonization, the Cold War, and the establishment of a new international order in post–World War II Southeast Asia.
The Euromissile Crisis and the End of the Cold War, edited by Leopoldo Nuti, Frédéric Bozo, Marie-Pierre Rey, and Bernd Rother

The Euromissile Crisis and the End of the Cold War

Dec 29, 2014
The contributors to this volume explore the origins, unfolding, and consequences of the Euromissile crisis surrounding the proposed deployment of new generations of nuclear missile delivery systems across Eastern and Western Europe in the later years of the Cold War.

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

Dec 17, 2014
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.
Poland’s War on Radio Free Europe, 1950–1989 by Paweł Machcewicz

Poland's War on Radio Free Europe, 1950–1989

Dec 12, 2014
Paweł Machcewicz explores the Polish government’s efforts to block, disrupt, subvert, and otherwise control the unwelcome messages of the “foreign propaganda” being broadcast by the enemies of People’s Poland.

The Soviet-Vietnamese Intelligence Relationship during the Vietnam War

Dec 10, 2014
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.

Beyond Moscow: East German-Chinese Relations during the Cold War

Dec 01, 2014
Zhong Zhong Chen introduces documents from the archives of the former East Germany and argues that, although Sino-Soviet tensions dictated socialist bloc attitudes towards Beijing especially during times of turmoil, East German leaders were often able to carve out substantial diplomatic freedoms. This was especially evident when Deng Xiaoping recalibrated his foreign policy in the early 1980s in order to funnel in foreign expertise to push forward his Reform and Opening process.

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

Nov 20, 2014
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?

Forecasting Nuclear War

Nov 13, 2014
Between 1981 and 1989 the foreign intelligence branches of the Soviet KGB and the East German Ministry of State Security launched a combined effort to develop a system for detecting signs of an impending western nuclear first strike. Codenamed “Project RYaN”, this early-warning system constituted one part of the Soviet response to the perceived threat of a surprise “decapitation” strike by NATO nuclear forces.

Sino-West German Relations during the Mao Era

Nov 03, 2014
Bernd Schaefer introduces newly translated documents from West German archives to explore the convergence of interests between Mao Zedong's China and politicians in West Germany in the 1970s.