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    George H.W. Bush and the End of the Cold War

    Andy Card, Jeffrey Engel, and others talked about Mr. Engel’s book, When the World Seemed New: George H.W. Bush and the End of the Cold War. They spoke about President…

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    Book Discussion on The Last Empire

    Serhii Plokhy, Ukrainian history professor at Harvard University, talked about his book, The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union, in which he reports that the dissolution of the…

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    Key Figures at the End of the Cold War

    James Graham Wilson talked about the Cold War, and argued that the actions of four key figures led to its end: Mikhail Gorbachev, Secretary of State George Schultz and Presidents Reagan and…

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    Dialogue and Diplomacy in the Reagan-Gorbachev Era

    Panelists who worked closely with American and Soviet leadership explained their personal experiences at the end of the Cold War. They talked about the behind-the-scenes interactions…

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    Cold War Era Spies

    Panelists talked about re-evaluating the lives, motivations, and legacies of American and Soviet Cold War era spies such as Whittaker Chambers, Morton Sobell, Morris Childs, and Julia Brown…

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    President Kennedy Audio Tapes on the Bay of Pigs

    On April 17, 1961, a U.S.-backed attempt to overthrow Cuban Premier Fidel Castro failed, in what became known as the Bay of Pigs invasion. Audio recordings of President John F. Kennedy…

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    1953 U.S. Army Film ICECAP-I

    The 1953 U.S. Army Film, ICECAP - I was shown. The film chronicles the story of a U.S. Army Transportation Corps expedition across the Greenland ice cap in the spring and summer of…

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    Book Discussion on Six Months in 1945

    Michael Dobbs talked about his book Six Months in 1945: FDR, Stalin, Churchill, and Truman - from World War to Cold War, the third book in his trilogy on the Cold War. He spoke about…

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    Q&A With Stephen Kinzer

    Stephen Kinzer talked about his most recent book, The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War. He points out that John Foster served as secretary of state and…

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    Federal Bureau of Investigation Mole Hunt

    David Wise talked about about his October 2013 article for Smithsonian Magazine, “When the FBI Spent Decades Hunting for a Soviet Spy on Its Staff.” In the article he traces the…

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    Book Discussion on Stalin's Secret Agents

    M. Stanton Evans talked about his book, Stalin’s Secret Agents: The Subversion of Roosevelt’s Government. He also responded to questions from students in the audience at the…

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    President Kennedy at American University and in West Berlin

    Panelists talked about the significance and lasting influences of President John F. Kennedy’s commencement address at American University and his June 26, 1963 speech in West…

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    Berlin Tunnel Operation

    Lou Mehrer spoke about the Berlin Tunnel and “Operation Gold,” a 1950s project conducted by the Central Intelligence Agency and the British Intelligence Service to tap into…

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    Oral Histories, William Colby

    In unedited excerpts from a 1995 conversation former Central Intelligence Agency Director William Colby spoke about post-war America, the rise of communism within and outside the United…

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    Nature of War in Dr. Seuss' Butter Battle Book

    Scholars talked about Dr. Seuss' retelling of the Cold War in his Butter Battle book and his themes of war, international disputes, and ideological differences. This was part of a New…

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    Presidents in World Affairs

    Scholars talked about the differences in leadership styles between Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman, as well as President Dwight Eisenhower’s ideology, and how it guided…

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    Living with the Atomic Bomb

    Michael Scheibach, a specialist in the Atomic age, talked about how Americans from 1940-1960 dealt with the threat of nuclear annihilation, including the impact of civil defense drills,…

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    25th Anniversary of the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty

    Former Reagan administration officials talked about negotiating a 1987 nuclear missile treaty with the Soviet Union. The Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), led to the…

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    America's Foreign Policy at Mid-Century

    Historians discuss the significant change in America’s foreign policy in the wake of World War II. Prior to this war, America was committed to a non-interventionism, reflecting…

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    Book Discussion on OSS in China

    U.S. Naval Academy professor Maochun Yu talked about his book, OSS in China: Prelude to Cold War, in which he examines the history of the Office of Strategic Services in China and its…

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