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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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    Book Discussion on 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…

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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…

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    Book Discussion on 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…

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    Book Discussion on 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…

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    Book Discussion on 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…