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  • Discussion on North Koreas Ruling Party Congress
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    Political Developments in North Korea

    The Wilson Center hosted a discussion on the upcoming meeting to be held by North Korea’s ruling party, the Korean Workers Party (KWP), for the first time in 36 years. The event, “North Korea’s…

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    Racing the Enemy

    Professor Hasegawa talked about his book Racing the Enemy: Stalin, Truman, and the Surrender of Japan, published by Belknap Press. He said he is revising the standard history of the end of World…

  • emThe Dead Handem
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    The Dead Hand

    David Hoffman talked about his book The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy (Doubleday; September 22, 2009). In his book David Hoffman, former Moscow bureau chief for the Washington Post,…

  • emKennedy and the Berlin Wallem
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    Kennedy and the Berlin Wall

    W.R. Smyser talked about his book Kennedy and the Berlin Wall: A Hell of a Lot Better than a War (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers; August 28, 2009). In his book Mr. Smyser, former U.S. diplomat to…

  • The U2 Spy Plane Shoot Down
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    The U-2 Spy Plane Shoot Down

    A panel discussion was held on the downing of Francis Gary Powers' U-2 spy plane over the Soviet Union on 1 May 1960. Drawing upon newly declassified documents on the Board of Inquiry which examined Powers'…

  • The U2 Spy Plane and the Missile Gap
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    The U-2 Spy Plane and the Missile Gap

    A panel discussion was held on concerns over “the missile gap” perceived between the U.S. and the Soviet Union after the launch of Sputnik in October 1957 as well as Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev’s claim that the Soviet Union…

  • U2 Spy Plane Operations
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    U-2 Spy Plane Operations

    Former U-2 pilot Charles Wilson talked about U-2 spy plane operations. He showed slides from a publicity briefing from the 1980s on a day-in-the-life of a U-2 pilot. He responded to questions from…

  • emEngineering Communismem
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    Engineering Communism

    Steven Usdin talked about his book Engineering Communism: How Two Americans Spied for Stalin and Founded the Soviet Silicon Valley, published by Yale University Press. The book documents…

  • emUnder the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leaderem
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    Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader

    Bradley Martin talked about his book, Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader: North Korea and the Kim Dynasty, published by St. Martin’s Press. The book was about the cult of…