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    World War II and American Internationalism

    Historians talk about World War II as a turning point in American foreign affairs, including the war’s influence on America’s internationalist policies.

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    Cold War U.S. and Soviet Aid to India

    Professor David Engerman talked about the development aid directed to India by both the U.S. and Soviet Union in a Cold War competition to better relations with that country. Professor…

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    Chinese Americans in China During World War II

    Professor Charlotte Brooks talked about why many Chinese Americans returned to China before and after World War II. She was interviewed at the Society for Historians of American Foreign…

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    President Franklin Roosevelt and Greenland

    Dawn Berry talked about the importance of Greenland during World War II. She was interviewed at the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations 2015 annual meeting in Arlington,…

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    Normalization of Relations with Vietnam

    Amanda Demmer talked about the process and timeline of the normalization of diplomatic relations with Vietnam after the war. She was interviewed at the Society for Historians of American…

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    James Monroe and Foreign Policy

    Cassandra Good talked about James Monroe’s works as a diplomat in Europe and his international policies as president. She was interviewed at the Society for Historians of American Foreign…

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    Guns, Capitalism, and Revolutions in the Americas

    Brian DeLay talked about the evolution of the American arms trade during the American Revolution and how it also aided the Haitian and Spanish Revolutions that followed. He spoke about the…

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    Reagan's Foreign Policy

    James Graham Wilson talked about Reagan and Gorbachev during the Cold War. He was interviewed at the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations 2015 annual meeting in Arlington,…

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    Immigration and the Hart-Celler Act

    Maria Cristina Garcia talked about how the 1965 Hart-Celler Act changed American immigration policy. She was interviewed at the Society for Historian of American Foreign Relations 2015…

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    CIA and the Press

    David Hadley talked about the creation of the CIA and the changing relationship between agents and reporters. He was interviewed at the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations…

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    Black Internationalism in the 1940s

    Keisha Blain talked about African American efforts to create international organizations to work against racism. She was interviewed at the Society for Historians of American Foreign…

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    Fall of the Berlin Wall

    Panelists at a 25th anniversary event for the fall of the Berlin Wall talked about the lasting lessons of the event that altered world politics. Constructed in 1961, the wall began to fall…

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    Origins of the Iraq War

    Panelists talked about the roots of the 2003 Iraq War. Participants spoke about the justifications for the invasion by examining declassified and captured documents. This program was hosted…

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    The Origins of the Bush Doctrine

    Andrew Bacevich talked the post September 11, 2001, doctrine of preventive war - also sometimes called “The Bush Doctrine.” Professor Bacevich addressed the origins of the Bush Doctrine and how a policy of…

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    The Historical Legacy of September 11, 2001

    Approaching the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, a panel of historians reflected on the effect on American foreign policy and how the “war on terror” has changed evaluations of…

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    The U.S. and War in the 21st Century

    Marilyn Young talked about her findings as a teacher and a scholar about the wars of the 20th and 21st centuries. She had concluded that this progression of wars was less a progression than a continuation, a state…

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    Empires of the Senses

    Professor Andrew Rotter talked about how the senses influenced human interactions during the imperial period of the 19th and 20th centuries. “Empires of the Senses: How Seeing, Hearing, Smelling,…

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    Government Secrets

    A panel discussion was held on how a democracy balances the public’s right to know against the need for preserving national security. Historians from the State Department and National Security Archive participated in…

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    After War Intervention

    Historians discussed the aftermaths of wars. Andrew Rotter moderated. They also responded to questions from members of the audience. Paul Kramer talked about “The Philippine-American War;” David Kennedy about “World War…

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    Intelligence and Strategy

    Professor Immerman talked about modern-day U.S. presidents and their reliance on their personal set of beliefs rather than classified intelligence to formulate foreign policy. Topics included the use of…

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