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    Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, First Man in Space

    On April 12, 1961, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space, securing a victory for the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War. A panel of scholars discussed the legacy of Mr.…

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    Korean War and the Cold War

    Samuel Wells talked about the Korean War’s impact on U.S. and Soviet Union defense policies. Mr. Wells is a Cold War Fellow at The Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., which hosted this event. He’s also…

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    James Baker and the End of the Cold War

    Diana Villiers Negroponte talked about her book, Master Negotiator: The Role of James A. Baker, III at the End of the Cold War, which looks at how Baker - as secretary of state - worked to create what…

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    Hawaiian Statehood and U.S. Cold War Image Abroad

    The Territory of Hawaii became the 50th state in August 1959. In her book Gateway State, Sarah Miller-Davenport explains the role Hawaii -- with its Asian-majority population -- played in…

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    Reagan, Moscow and the 1980s Cold War

    Duke University History and Public Policy Professor Simon Miles participated in a discussion of his book, Engaging the Evil Empire: Washington, Moscow, and the Beginning of the End of the…

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    Cold War Peace Politics

    Author Petra Goedde talked about her book, The Politics of Peace: A Global Cold War History. She explored the emerging politics of peace during the early years of the Cold War. The Woodrow…

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    U.S.-Soviet Relations and Ambassador Dobrynin

    Scholars and diplomats discussed the legacy of former Soviet ambassador to the United States Anatoly Dobrynin on the 100th anniversary of his birth. Mr. Dobrynin served in Washington from…

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    Détente and U.S.-Soviet Relations, 1969-1985

    Author Stephan Kieninger discussed the thawing of Cold War relations between the United States and the Soviet Union from the late 1960s to the late 1970s, and the role played by key…

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    Memoir by Diplomat George Kennan's Daughter

    Grace Kennan Warnecke, daughter of diplomat George Kennan, discussed her memoir, Daughter of the Cold War. During the talk, Warnecke outlined her time growing up overseas before, during,…

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    The Cold War

    Odd Arne Westad talked about his book The Cold War: A World History, in which he looks at the global ramifications of the Cold War.

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    U.S.-China Competition During the Cold War

    Professor Gregg Brazinsky talked about the competition between the United States and China to influence newly independent African and Asian countries during the Cold War. He is the author…

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    Cold War and the Third World

    Professor Jason Parker talked about U.S. diplomacy during the Cold War. He is the author of Hearts, Minds, Voices: U.S. Cold War Public Diplomacy and the Formation of the Third World.

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    U.S. and East Germany Cold War Relations

    Historians talked about U.S. actions in East Germany during the early Cold War. They focused on U.S. operations to locate and repatriate the bodies of American soldiers after World War II. And they…

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    Franco-American and Dutch-American Intelligence Exchanges

    Historians talked about how U.S. intelligence agencies cooperated with their French and Dutch counterparts to promote regional security and prevent the spread of Communism in the early Cold War. This…

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    Cold War Espionage in Eastern Europe

    Historians talked about intelligence gathering and espionage in Eastern Europe, especially during the early Cold War, and how the Allies countered Communist propaganda. This event was part of a…

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    Cold War Intelligence Gathering and Training

    Panelists talked about how the United States and the United Kingdom cooperated to train intelligence officers in the developing world. The panelists also discussed the differing ways that the Americans…

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    Cold War Summits 1985-1991

    Historians talked about the Cold War summits between the United States and the Soviet Union from 1985 to 1991. Using declassified documents, they spoke about American and Soviet…

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    Russia, China, and the Third World

    Professor Jeremy Friedman talked about his book, Shadow Cold War: The Sino-Soviet Competition for the Third World. He spoke about Russian and Chinese efforts during the Cold War to dominate…

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    Foreign Intervention in Africa During the Cold War

    Elizabeth Schmidt talked about how foreign intervention influenced emerging nations in Africa during the Cold War. She spoke about how former colonial powers dealt with these countries as they gained…

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    U.S.-Japan Military Strategies in the Pacific

    Scholars of naval and Asian affairs spoke about Cold War cooperation between the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and the U.S. Navy and their efforts to protect Japan from the pressures of…

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