History Publications

Stamps, Rum, and Hand Grenades: Fidel Castro’s Recipe for Revolution

Sep 29, 2015
In CWIHP e-Dossier No. 66, author Renata Keller explores the 1956 Mexican arrest report of Fidel Castro and four fellow revolutionaries that nearly derailed the Cuban Revolution.

Mexican-Soviet relations, 1958-1964: The Limits of Engagement

Sep 03, 2015
In CWIHP e-Dossier No. 65, author Vanni Pettinà explores the relationship between Mexico and the Soviet Union in the tumultuous period of late 1950s and early 1960s Latin America.

Ukraine and Soviet Nuclear History

Aug 12, 2015
Ukraine’s scientists and nuclear infrastructure played a significant role in the development of the Soviet nuclear program, especially in its first stages. Recently declassified documents demonstrate that Ukrainian nuclear scientists were among the first in the USSR to propose the correct fundamental design for the atomic bomb.

Connecting the Dots: Japan's Strategy to Ensure Security and Economic Growth

Jul 21, 2015
Growing security rivalry between China on the one hand and the United States and Japan on the other has not shaken economic engagement between Beijing, Tokyo, and Washington. But how can regional economic integration and an enhancement of U.S.-Japan military cooperation move forward?

Contested Memories and Reconciliation Challenges: Japan and the Asia-Pacific on the 70th Anniversary of the End of World War II

Jul 09, 2015
The eyes and ears of much of Asia will be on Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe when he delivers a speech in August 2015 to commemorate 70 years since the end of World War II. It will undoubtedly be the most scrutinized of Abe’s public addresses to date.

Kim Gu on Reunification and War, 1948

Jun 23, 2015
A recently unearthed conversation with veteran independence activist Kim Gu (Kim Koo) provides new details on how leaders in southern Korea saw North Korea in 1948 and their predictions about the likelihood of a war in Korea.

Kennan Cable No.7: A Closer look at Russia’s “Hybrid War”

Apr 14, 2015
Matthew Rojansky and Michael Kofman examine the significance of Russian actions in Crimea and Donbas, and the implications for broader regional security.
Roots of Dissidence by Bohdan Cywinski

CIA Covert Book Program: Book Programs in Poland

Apr 09, 2015
In CWIHP e-Dossier No. 64, "CIA Covert Book Program: Book Programs in Poland," author Paweł Sowiński traces the CIA covert book program that funneled forbidden literature from West to East between 1956 and 1990. Sowiński focuses on the intermediaries, distributors, and smugglers who carried this contraband across borders.

The Malta Summit of 1989 from Hungarian Perspective: Related Sources after 25 Years

Apr 02, 2015
Up until 1989, vitally no one had expected that the developments in Eastern Europe could lead to the total collapse of communism in the foreseeable future. Using new material from Hungarian archives, authors Csaba Békés, Béla Révész, and Barnabás Vajda assess the impact of the Bush-Gorbachev meeting at Malta in light of the political climate of 1989.

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

Mar 11, 2015
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.