The Cold War as Metaphor

Donald Trump’s election saw the renewal of Cold War rhetoric, not least in discussions of his sanity – or lack thereof. In describing Trump’s methods as madness, opponents returned to a strategy inspired by 1950s politics. By Alexander Dunst.



Cold War Cities: History, Culture and Memory

Cultural historians aim to reinvigorate Cold War historiography through the original rubric of the city, addressing amnesia and memorialisation, the ruin and monument, conflict and retribution, commemoration and public identity, trauma and reconciliation. By Katia Rizzi.


In light of recent events

In the mid-1980s they achieved the seemingly impossible. With their summit diplomacy, Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev blazed a trail for the political imagination, revealing how a world beyond containment, distrust and suspicion might look – only a few years after East-West relations appeared to have suddenly gone to the dogs again. Bernd Greiner on the book of Kristina Spohr and Ravid Reynolds.


Once Firm, Then Fluid

Cold War research has long focused on the bipolar order of East-West relations. Without calling these findings into question, we can and should however ask whether and how the bipolar pattern of order was undermined, bypassed or even dissolved during the same time. By Claudia Kemper.


The IAEA at 60

The long term IAEA History Research Project examines the founding history of the International Atomic Energy Agency – and thus also the history of an organization which in many respects defied the Cold War logic of the bloc confrontation. By Elisabeth Röhrlich.


The Windfall of Détente

The economic enshrining of de-escalation in Europe established the framework for the subsequent summit diplomacy of Reagan and Gorbachev and contributed immensely to the demise of the Communist system. By Stephan Kieninger.


The Cold War and Cybersecurity

During the 1970s and 80s, the burgeoning field of cybersecurity increasingly became an issue for national security, concerning intelligence services, the Pentagon and the White House. In a new project, the National Security Archive at George Washington University in Washington, DC, makes previously classified documents available to researchers and the interested public. A survey by Klaas Voss.


Détente Revisited

By the mid 1960s, both the American and the West German governments were eager to foster liberalizing changes in Eastern Europe through an expansion of East-West communication. The assumption was that Communist rulers were prepared to open up their systems gradually for freer movement of people, information and ideas provided that they were granted international security.


Interview Series (Part IV): Tsuchiya Yuka

The Cold War was a global conflict and Cold War scholars are among the most international of academic communities - research on this time period is a collaborative effort of scholars from all over the world. This seven-part series is a cooperation of the Berlin Center for Cold War Studies and the Military History Portal. The interviews were conducted by Dr. Christoph Nübel (Humboldt University of Berlin) and Dr. Klaas Voß (Hamburg Institute for Social Research). This week: Prof. Dr. Tsuchiya Yuka, Professor of International Studies at Ehime University (Ehime, Japan).