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Undeclared Wars with Israel: East Germany and the West German Far Left, 1967-1989

Author Jeffrey Herf draws upon his recently published work Undeclared Wars with Israel:  East Germany and the West German Far Left, 1967-1989. The book examines the spectrum of antagonism to Israel coming from the East German and West German organizations of the far left during these years – including hostile propaganda, political warfare at the United Nations in New York, military training, cooperation of secret services, and delivery of weapons to Arab states and Palestinian organizations then engaged in wars and terrorist campaigns against Israel.

Media Briefing: Obama in UK, Saudi Arabia, and Germany

Experts on UK-EU relations, EU migration, and US-Saudi relations available


David Ottaway
Senior Scholar, Middle East Program at the Wilson Center

Read his “Saudis Wield the Sword at Home as Abroad

Nuclear Illusions and Protectorate Reality

Nuclear Illusions and Protectorate Reality

A Reappraisal of West German Nuclear Security Policy (1956-1963)

Call for proposals: Postdoc Research Fellowships at the Berlin Center for Cold War Studies

“Grenzen des Kalten Krieges | Compromising the Cold War”

In March 2015 the Berliner Kolleg Kalter Krieg (Berlin Center for Cold War Studies) began its work. The Center is a joint project of the Hamburg Institute for Social Research, the Institute of Contemporary History Munich-Berlin, the Foundation for the Reappraisal of the SED-Dictatorship and the Humboldt University Berlin.

Update on Europe’s Migration Crisis

With Europe experiencing a migration crisis on a scale not seen since World War II, we spoke with Professor James Hollifield for an update on the situation. He recently returned from Europe and provides a firsthand account of the ongoing humanitarian and political crisis. That’s the focus of this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.

Bringing Emerging Technologies into Legacy Sectors: Examples from Europe and the U.S.

Major legacy sectors – such as energy, transport and manufacturing – make up over half of the economy and are often in need of “disruptive innovations” with the potential to generate economic growth and employment. In their new book, authors William Bonvillian and Charles Weiss identify the shared features and underlying obstacles to innovation in these sectors and ways to overcome them. The authors will discuss legacy sectors as a global problem, detailing legacy challenges in European economies – particularly Germany and France – in comparison to those in the U.S.

The Fighting Group against Inhumanity: The Incarnation of Anticommunism in a Divided Germany 1948-1959 “Fighting Group Against Inhumanity” (“Kampfgruppe gegen Unmenschlichkeit” / KgU) has for a long time been considered the incarnation of both anticommunism and hostility to the German Democratic Republic in both E