Cold War Publications
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
In CWIHP e-Dossier No. 54, authors Jan Koura and Robert Waters examine relations between the Soviet Bloc and the former British South American colony British Guiana (Guyana) using new evidence from the Czech National Archives.
Fraternal Support: The East German ‘Stasi’ and the Democratic Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam WarSep 30, 2014
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.
After 1953, China hosted thousands of North Koreans for industrial training programs and internships. Although the intention of hosting interns was to assist North Korea with its post-war economic reconstruction, newly translated Chinese documents reveal that the training programs were, at their core, really about politics.
Martin Grossheim tells the little-known story of East German assistance in modernizing North Vietnam’s security apparatus from the beginning of the Vietnam War in 1965 to the end of the Cold War in 1989.
The Euromissile Crisis and the End of the Cold War explores the origins, unfolding, and consequences of the 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.