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Four Visits and a Funeral

When Nehru visited the USSR in 1955, he was feted with roses. Personal visits like this cemented India’s relations with the Soviet Union

“Now we say loudly: Indo-Soviet friendship zindabad; world peace zindabad.”

The history of India’s relations with the Soviet Union is often written as a history of crises.

Iranian Azerbaijan in the Former Soviet Archives

Throughout the 1940s, Iranian Azerbaijan occupied an important place in the Soviet Union’s foreign policy. The region was the site of perhaps the Cold War’s first crisis, sparked by the Soviet Union's refusal to return control of Iranian territory at the end of World War II and the creation of the shortlived People's Republic of Azerbaijan. Stalin eventually bowed to Western pressure and withdrew Soviet troops in late 1946.

“We do not want to overthrow him”: Beijing, Moscow, and Kim Il Sung, 1956

A new tranche of Soviet documents on the attempted removal of North Korea’s founding leader

With the growing threat of North Korea’s nuclear program, and the regime’s exasperating behavior on the international stage, it is not uncommon to hear the talk of replacing Kim Jong-un with someone more pliable—whether by a decapitating military strike or a commando-style assassination.

‘When the Elephant Swallowed the Hedgehog’: The Prague Spring & Indo-Soviet Relations, 1968

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CWIHP Working Paper 83

‘When the Elephant Swallowed the Hedgehog’: The Prague Spring & Indo-Soviet Relations, 1968.[1]

Swapna Kona Nayudu