Germany | Wilson Center


Media Briefing: Secretary Kerry's First Interntational Trip

On February 24 John Kerry will make his first international trip as Secretary of State, including stops in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar. What will be the economic and political impacts globally of the announced trade alliance between the U.S. and Europe? Do recent military interventions in Libya and Mali provide models for the future of transatlantic alliances like NATO? How will the U.S. and Europe address continuing instability in the MENA region following the Arab Awakening?

1989 After 1989: Memory in Transition in Central and Eastern Europe

The eastern European revolutions of 1989 were a watershed in global history. Despite this, in the two decades since, their meaning has become a source of debate. While they have been promoted as a founding myth for a newly unified Europe, eastern Europeans have repeatedly represented them as a moment of betrayal, martyrdom, liberation, victory, disappointment, loss, colonisation, or nostalgia.

Nomonhan, 1939: The Red Army's Victory That Shaped World War II

In May – September 1939, Soviet and Japanese forces clashed in a small undeclared war that left 30,000-50,000 killed and wounded. The fighting reached its climax August 20 – 30 and coincided precisely with the conclusion of the German-Soviet Nonaggression Pact. Stuart Goldman’s book explores the link between these events and argues that this little-known conflict played a role in Stalin’s decision to sign the nonaggression pact with Germany, and also influenced critical decisions in Tokyo and Moscow in 1941 that shaped the conduct and outcome of World War II.

KGB/Stasi Cooperation



CWIHP e-Dossier No. 37


Cold War International History Project (CWIHP) 

and the

Office of the Federal Commissioner for the Stasi Records (BStU)


The Role of the Federal Republic of Germany in the Industrialization of the Republic of Korea during the Park Chung Hee Era

Though Germany and Korea were both divided following World War II, the linkages between, as well as the shared historical experiences of, West Germany and South Korea during the Cold War have seldom been explored.

CWIHP Director Christian Ostermann helps launch Cold War “Black Box” at Berlin’s Checkpoint Charlie

CWIHP Director Christian F. Ostermann was quoted in German papers Frankfurter Rundschau and Märkische Oderzeitung about a temporary exhibition of the Cold War Museum in Berlin located at the former site of Checkpoint Charlie.

The Devil in History: Communism, Fascism, and Some Lessons of the Twentieth Century

Vladimir Tismaneanu, professor of comparative politics at the University of Maryland College Park, will discuss his latest book The Devil in History: Communism, Fascism, and Some Lessons of the Twentieth Century which examines the relationship between communism and fascism.