In the early 2000s, the European Union (EU) began its own rebalance or pivot toward Asia. The European pivot often competes with the United States in focusing on economic, monetary, technological, and defense-related issues such as arms sales. But the EU and its member states harmonize with U.S. goals in boosting diplomacy, supporting multilateral security fora and regional integration initiatives, and deploying soft power. The EU and the United States should improve their dialogue on Asia to better understand their own interests and priorities, identify areas for cooperation, and manage competition.
Blair A. Ruble, Vice President for Programs at the Wilson Center, examines the link between ballet and social, political change in Ukraine.
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.
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.
Enrico Fardella introduces Italian Foreign Ministry documents which provide an inside view of the Sino-Italian negotiations for diplomatic recognition in 1969 and 1970, and the influence of structural changes in the Cold War system on that process.
Interview with Ronald Suny, Kennan Institute Title VIII Short-term Scholar, and Professor of History, University of Michigan, on August 11, 2014. Kennan Institute Project "The Armenian Genocide, 1915-1916."
When France and the People’s Republic of China established diplomatic relations in January 1964, observers called the event a “diplomatic nuclear explosion," but the high hopes entertained for Sino-French relations never quite materialized, undermined by China and France’s conflicting goals toward the Vietnam War and the turmoil associated with the Cultural Revolution.
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.
Proposals are invited for the second annual conference of the BISA Global Nuclear Order Working Group, to be held on 2 September 2014.