CWIHP News- 21 March 2019

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 8:00pm

CWIHP News - 21 March 2019

Summer 2019 Internships with CWIHP
The History and Public Policy Program (HAPP) is seeking interns for the Summer 2019 semester. Interns work on-site at the Wilson Center and will support HAPP programs such as the Cold War International History Project (CWIHP), the North Korea International Documentation Project (NKIDP), and the Nuclear Proliferation International History Project (NPIHP). Applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate or masters degree program, have graduated within the past year, or have been accepted to an advanced degree program in history, political science, library science, or related field within the next year.
The deadline to apply is 30 March, 2019.

Sunday 3/24 - C-SPAN Broadcast of Détente and U.S.-Soviet Relations, 1969-1985
C-SPAN will broadcast Stephan Keininger's Washington History Seminar presentation on Sunday, 24 March, 2019 at 6:25pm ET on C-SPAN3. After broadcast, the video will be available to stream in C-SPAN's video library.

Wilson Center NOW with Felix Boecking - The China-U.S. Trade War: Lessons from History
In the latest edition of Wilson Center NOW, History and Public Policy Program Fellow Felix Boecking joins host John Milewski to discuss the unintended consequences of protectionism and the difficulties of strategizing trade wars with a focus on specific examples from China in the early 20th century.

Monday 3/25 - Women and China’s Revolutions with Gail Hershatter
If we place women at the center of our account of China’s past two centuries of history, how does this change our understanding of what happened? Does Big History itself shift? Gail Hershatter explores two themes: the labor of women in domestic and public space, which has shaped China’s move from empire to republic to socialist nation to rising capitalist power; and the symbol of Woman as it has been deployed in discussions about the fate of China.
Monday, 25 March
4:00pm-5:30pm, Woodrow Wilson Center

Wednesday 4/3 - The Blind Eye: U.S. Non-Proliferation Policy towards Pakistan from Ford to Clinton
Known as the torch-bearer of arms control and non-proliferation, the United States is largely believed to be the global leader of the non-proliferation regime. To that effect, non-proliferation has remained high on its foreign policy agenda. Notwithstanding the above, the non-proliferation regime is under threat today, something that merits a question: Has the US been seriously committed to ensuring non-proliferation or has it made compromises pursuant to other strategic objectives along the way while maintaining a façade?

  • Dr. Rabia Akhtar, University of Lahore, Pakistan.
  • Hannah E. Haegeland, Stimson Center's South Asia Program
  • Dr. William Burr, National Security Archive

Wednesday, 3 April
11:30am-1:00pm, Woodrow Wilson Center

Wednesday 4/3 - Everyday Transnationalism: Soviet and American Correspondence During the Cold War
This event is sponsored by the Wilson Center's Kennan Institute
Wilson Center Scholar Alexis Peri will present her research on how individual women confronted the complexities of ideology and policy through letters, and how they negotiated personal, political, national, and international issues even as they became embroiled in Cold War politics.
Wednesday, 3 April
11:00am-12:00pm, Woodrow Wilson Center

Thursday 4/4 - How Statesmen Think: The Psychology of International Politics with Robert Jervis
Decision-makers and scholars often assume that diplomatic signals are received as they are intended. They have faith in both their ability to convey their messages to others and to correctly interpret others’ behavior. Robert Jervis’ research shows that this is not true and that international politics often resembles the famous Japanese movie Rashomon. Perceptions are strongly influenced by people’s theories and expectations on the one hand and their personal and political needs on the other. Both historical scholarship and policy-making would be improved by an understanding of how people perceive.
Thursday, 4 April
4:00pm-5:30pm, Woodrow Wilson Center

Monday 4/8 - Cold War Democracy: The United States and Japan
Has American foreign policy been a reflection of a desire to promote democracy, or a simple product of hard-nosed geopolitics? In this talk, Jennifer Miller argues that democratic ideals were crucial, but not in the way most defenders claim. Focusing on the postwar occupation of Japan, she examines how the Cold War produced a new understanding of democracy as rooted in psychologies and mentalities. This vision motivated American efforts to democratize postwar Japan, yet also facilitated America’s rapprochement with the political and military leaders that once led Japan’s brutal war.
Monday, 8 April
4:00pm-5:30pm, Woodrow Wilson Center

Wednesday 5/1 - Awkward Ally? Canada and NATO in the Reagan Era
Luc-André Brunet will discuss Canada's relationship with NATO during the Reagan administration. Further details will be available shortly.
Wednesday, 1 May
11:00am-12:00pm, Woodrow Wilson Center

Wednesday 5/1 - Broken Lives: How Ordinary Germans Experience the Twentieth Century
How could a cultured people like the Germans have fallen for Nazi propaganda and have collaborated in their crimes? And how were the defeated survivors able to recivilize themselves, become democrats and Western allies? The transatlantic historian Konrad H. Jarausch takes a fresh look at this puzzle, based on over 80 autobiographies of the Weimar children. He presents the partly shocking, partly touching stories of ordinary people struggling to have normal lives in an age of catastrophe.
Wednesday, 1 May
4:00pm-5:30pm, Woodrow Wilson Center

New Russian Evidence on Soviet-Cuban Relations, 1960-61: When Nikita Met Fidel, the Bay of Pigs, and Assassination Plotting
The forging of the Soviet-Cuban alliance in the years after Fidel Castro’s revolution took power in January 1959, in sync with a deepening split between Washington and Havana, was one of the tectonic developments of the Cold War, James G. Hershberg argues in CWIHP Working Paper #90. Much evidence has emerged, especially on the Soviet side, on relations between the two communist countries and their charismatic leaders, Castro and Nikita Khrushchev, climaxing with the October 1962 missile crisis.
By James G. Hershberg

"Is the Possibility of a Third World War Real?" Researching Nuclear Ukraine in the KGB Archive
The archive of the Ukrainian KGB is open and full of former Soviet nuclear secrets. Nate Jones presents new evidence drawn from KGB documents and other eastern and western sources to examine Ukrainian and Soviet nuclear history in NPIHP Working Paper #13.
By Nate Jones

See the latest from Sources and Methods
Sources and Methods presents fresh archival evidence and new insights into contemporary international history. We welcome submissions written in an informative but casual style that discuss the history of the Cold War, nuclear proliferation, and North Korea. Click here to learn more about contributing.

Mexico, the United States, and the Onset of the Nicaraguan Revolution
The Nicaraguan revolution of 1979 inaugurated a violent decade of civil strife that has affected North American political relations for the past 40 years. The current migration and security crisis in Central America are among its many profound and long-lasting repercussions, Gerardo Sánchez Nateras argues.
By Gerardo Sánchez Nateras
'At the very heart of Europe': New Evidence on John Major's Foreign Policy
Stephan Kieninger uses newly uncovered documents to explore former British Prime Minister John Major's unique style of statecraft.
By Stephan Kieninger
Leaked Cables: Allende, Kissinger, Moynihan, and the Indian Nuclear Bomb
What did the overthrow of the Chilean President Salvador Allende have to do with Indian nuclear weapons? More than you might suspect.
By Debak Das
Brazil’s Cold War History: Disputed Territory
Late one afternoon in the summer of 1990, Brazilian police came to my hotel in Rio de Janeiro to arrest journalist John Martin.
By John Martin
Forgotten Parties to the INF
After the collapse of the USSR in 1991, Soviet obligations under the INF were passed on to its 12 recognized legal successors. Mariana Budjeryn and Ambassador Steven Steiner revisit the forgotten parties to the INF.
By Mariana Budjeryn and Ambassador Steven Steiner

‘We’re Very Sexy People’: How the U.S. Miscalculated Its Allure to China
History and Public Policy Program Global Fellow Sergey Radchenko writes in ChinaFile about the US misperception of Chinese intentions during the 1979 Sino-Vietnamese war.
By Sergey Radchenko

Elite politics and foreign policy in China from Mao to Xi
History and Public Policy Program Global Fellow Joseph Torrigan examines how Xi Jinping has consolidated power over Chinese foreign policy in his latest piece for Brookings.
By Joseph Torrigan