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The Wilson Center Mourns the Loss of Former Director James Billington

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is mourning the loss of friend and former Director Dr. James Billington.
 
Dr. Billington was Center director between 1973 and 1987, after which he served as Librarian of Congress from 1987 until 2015.
 

Development and Dystopia: Studies in Post-Soviet Ukraine and Eastern Europe

This book dissects—from both philosophical and empirical viewpoints—the peculiar developmental challenges, geopolitical contexts, and dystopic stalemates that post-Soviet societies face during their transition to new political and cultural orders. The principal geographical focus of the essays is Ukraine, but most of the assembled texts are also relevant and/or refer to other post-Soviet countries.

Ukraine and the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons

Ukrainian Foreign Ministry documents reveal the importance of the NPT in 1994 decision to denuclearize.

This year, the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) is celebrating its 50th anniversary since it opened for signature on July 1, 1968.

Pointing to the Emerging Soviet Dead Ends: NATO Analysis of the Soviet Economy, 1971-1982

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CWIHP Working Paper 87

Pointing to the Emerging Soviet Dead Ends: NATO Analysis of the Soviet Economy, 1971-1982

Evnathis Hatzivassiliou
October 2018

Postal Intelligence

Spies, satellites, and secret codes were not the only ways the United States tried to gather information on the hidden intentions and policies of Soviet bloc countries. The US also took advantage of something much more commonplace, something not typically associated with foreign intelligence or international relations: postage stamps.

A Sacred Space Is Never Empty: A History of Soviet Atheism

When the Bolsheviks set out to build a new world in the wake of the Russian Revolution, they expected religion to die off. Soviet power used a variety of tools--from education to propaganda to terror—to turn its vision of a Communist world without religion into reality. Yet even with its monopoly on ideology and power, the Soviet Communist Party never succeeded in overcoming religion and creating an atheist society.

The Storied Past of 'Denuclearization'

The word is not unique to the Korean Peninsula, but could achieve new significance because of it.

China’s Alliances with North Korea and the Soviet Union: A Conversation with China’s Leading Historians

The Wilson Center’s History and Public Policy Program is pleased to host China’s three leading diplomatic historians for a discussion about the history and present day relevance of China’s Cold War-era relations with North Korea and the Soviet Union.

"Da, da" or "nyet, nyet"? Brezhnev, Tanaka, and the Unresolved Russo-Japanese Territorial Dispute

Judging by the frequency of meetings between Prime Minister Abe Shinzo of Japan and the Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russo-Japanese relations are as friendly and robust as they had ever been.

True, the economic indicators continue to disappoint. Bilateral trade has only just begun to recover from the steep post-2013 plunge but remains a very long way off the historic highs of 33 billion USD. Japanese foreign direct investment – about 2 billion dollars – is miserly even by Russia’s investor-unfriendly standards.

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