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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.

Voices of Freedom - Western Interference? 60 Years of Radio Free Europe in Munich and Prague

Against the background of discussions between "East" and "West", between free democracies" and socialist "people's republics", post-war radio broadcasters gained a new significance. In contrast to the traditional media, radio waves could penetrate the "Iron Curtain". As a relatively new medium, radio assumed a new role as a mediator of information, worldviews, opinions, and ru-mour across state borders and the Cold War divide in 1950s Europe - similar to the internet today.

Special CWIHP Report: The Victims at the Berlin Wall, 1961-1989

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the building of the Berlin Wall on August 13, 1961, the Cold War International History Project is pleased to announce the publication of a Special CWIHP Research Report, The Victims at the Berlin Wall, 1961-1989, by Hans-Herman Hertle, fellow at the Center for Contemporary History in Potsdam and Maria Nooke, fellow at the Berlin Wall Memorial Site and Documentation Center on the number and identities of the individuals who died at the Berlin Wall between 1961 and 1989.

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