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Archives in Wartime: From WWII to the Invasion of Iraq

From the first days of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, United States forces seized official government records created by Saddam Hussein’s regime and exploited them for valuable military intelligence. Millions of pages of these Iraqi state records were then transferred to the United States for further research. Digital copies were even made available to scholars, providing a wealth of new insights into the recent history of Iraq and Saddam Hussein’s regime.

Call for papers: France and the German Question

Programme de recherche de la Sorbonne sur la Guerre froide (Sorbonne Cold War History Project) in partnership with Deutsches Historisches Institut (The German Historical Institute, Paris) will host the conference "France and the German Question, 1945-1990" in Paris from February 7-9, 2013.

The conveners invite contributions in English dealing among others with any of the following topics over specific periods or the whole duration of the Cold War (please note that the conference will take place exclusively in English):

A Mosque in Germany: Nazis, Intelligence Services and the Rise of Political Islam in the West

Stefan Meining, former Wilson Center public policy scholar and editor of Bayerischer Rundfunk, Bavaria's Public Broadcasting Service will discuss his latest book entitled A Mosque in Germany: Nazis, Intelligence Services and the Rise of Political Islam in the West which sheds new light on the history of the Islamic scene in Germany and how it was systematically nurtured by the intelligence services. A Mosque in Germany is based mainly on Meining's research for his documentary film, wh

Radio Free Europe: 60 Years in the Service of Free Poland

A conference, "Radio Free Europe 60 Years in the Service of Free Poland," convened in Wroclaw on December 6 under the sponsorship of the Jan Nowak-Jezioranski East European College, the Institute of History of Wroclaw University, the Ossolineum, and the Free Speech Association, under the patronage of Bronislaw Komorowski, President of the Republic of Poland. Financial support was provided by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education and the Institute of History.

Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar Hope M. Harrison was featured in The Washington Post

Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar Hope M. Harrison was featured in The Washington Post discussing the 50th anniversary of the American/Soviet showdown at Checkpoint Charlie—an incident that some feared would trigger nuclear war. “The construction of the wall was largely an East German initiative,” Harrison said at a conference hosted by  The National Declassification Center at the National Archives, in partnership with the Historical Review Program of the CIA.

The Contested Legacy of the Berlin Wall

Germany is in the midst of a second reckoning with the past. This time it is not about the Holocaust but about the legacy of the Berlin Wall and the East German communist regime that stood behind it. Since the Wall fell in 1989, most Germans have wanted to get rid of as much of it as possible and look to the future. Recently, however, there have been important moves to preserve parts of the Wall and explain the history. The Wall continues to expose fault lines in German society and foster important historical debates.

Women, Migration and the Work of Care: The United States in Comparative Perspective

Native-born American workers are not meeting current U.S. demands for care workers, whether for children, the elderly, or those with chronic illnesses. As a result, there are significant opportunities for migrant workers--opportunities to which women from many parts of the globe are responding. But because U.S. immigration quotas are not in synch with these needs, many potential care workers are entering the country without documentation. Temporary care work programs--though not unproblematic--may be the answer.