Ruud van Dijk explores the extent to which the Dutch government influenced NATO's decision not to deploy enhanced radiation weapons (ERW) in Western Europe, and how that decision might have avoided further escalation and tensions in the cold war.
Despite its legal status, Germany has never been an ordinary non-nuclear weapons state. In "The Persistent Legacy: Germany's Place in the Nuclear Order," Andreas Lutsch explores the historical dimensions of Germany's ambiguous position in the global nuclear order and re-examines Germany's efforts to revise its NATO role as a host for US nuclear weapons.
Sino-European Relations during the Cold War and the Rise of a Multipolar World combines critical oral history with newly translated documentary sources to provide insights into the dynamics of Sino-European relations, past and present, and recent and ongoing global power shifts.
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.
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.
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.
Gender and the Long Postwar examines gender politics during the post–World War II period and the Cold War in the United States and East and West Germany.