From Below and In Between – Narrating and Practicing the Cold War in South East Europe

International Workshop at the Humboldt University of Berlin
Not only in a Cold War-context, South East Europe is often seen as a periphery to the global centers. The workshop will challenge this perspective. Instead, we will approach the region as a center of ideological fractions during the Cold War, therefore treating it as a "burning glass" of geopolitical orders.
Thu, 6/1/2017 to Fri, 6/2/2017
Humboldt University

Consequences of Military Interventions Since 1945: Experiences, Lessons, Questions

International Conference at Herrenhausen Palace, Hannover
When may, when must one intervene to stop civil wars, mass murder or persecution motivated by politics, religion or ethnicity? Does it make sense to force regime change through armed intervention? And, especially: What are the long-term effects and how high is the price of military intervention for the states and societies immediately affected? The conference is meant to advance both the public debate and research agenda on the subject for historiography and the social sciences. On-the-ground political and military experience will challenge distinguished scholarship and vice-versa.
Fri, 5/12/2017 to Sat, 5/13/2017
Herrenhausen Palace

The long détente: changing concepts of security and cooperation in Europe, 1950s–1980s. Edited by Oliver Bange and Poul Villaume

Book launch with fellow stephan kieninger
The Danish Institute for International Studies and the Saxo Institute at the University of Copenhagen are presenting the new edited volume by Oliver Bange and Poul Villaume. Both editors and contributers - among them fellow Stephan Kieninger - will present their findings on occasion of this book launch.
Mon, 5/8/2017, 10:00 am
Danish Institute for International Studies

The Federal Republic of Germany and the recognition of Bangladesh in 1972

Breakfast meeting with Ashok K. Metha
After a bloody war between India and Pakistan, Bangladesh emerged as new state from East Pakistan in 1971. In 1972, the Federal Republic of Germany under the Brandt government was the first power to officially recognize Bangladesh as an independent state. Ashok Mehta writes about the developments that led to the German move against the backdrop of the Cold War and Willy Brandt’s détente policy. He presents his findings at this breakfast meeting hosted by the Berlin Center for Cold War Studies and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation. The commentator is Amit Das Gupta.
Mon, 12/5/2016, 8:30 am
Berliner Kolleg Kalter Krieg

Dynamic Détente: The United States and Europe, 1964-1975. By Stephan Kieninger

Book presentation and discussion at the Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington DC
Stephan Kieninger, fellow at the Berlin Center for Cold War Studies, presents his recent publication "Dynamic Détente: The United States and Europe, 1964-1975" at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC. Ambassador James E. Goodby will comment on his study.
Tue, 11/29/2016, 2:00 pm
Woodrow Wilson Center

"Summitry and the German Question." Lecture by David Reynolds (Cambridge) and Kristina Spohr (London)

Lecture series : "Compromising the Cold War"
“Grenzen des Kalten Krieges | Compromising the Cold War“ is the title of this lecture series inviting historians from Germany and abroad to discuss the limits of social perceptions of order and patterns of thinking throughout the Cold War. The third talk will be given by David Reynolds (Cambridge) und Kristina Spohr (London).
Thu, 11/17/2016, 6:00 pm
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Transcending the Cold War. Summits, Statecraft, and the Dissolution of Bipolarity in Europe, 1970-1990

Kristina Spohr and David Reynolds on their new anthology
In 1989 and 1990 the map of Europe was redrawn without a war. How did this happen? And what was the impact of summits, how, indeed, did they evolve? What was the role of individual leaders such as Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Leonid Brezhnev, Mikhail Gorbachev or Willy Brandt, Helmut Kohl and Deng Xiaopeng? Are there lessons to be learned against the backdrop of today's international crisis? Bernd Greiner (Berlin) discusses with Kristina Spohr (London) and David Reynolds (Cambridge), the editors of "Transcending the Cold War. Summits, Statecraft, and the Dissolution of Bipolarity in Europe, 1970-1990" (Oxford University Press 2016).
Wed, 11/16/2016, 6:00 pm
Forum Willy Brandt Berlin

Late Cold War Tandems: Solidarities and Anxieties of the 1980s

International Workshop at Sheffield University, with Bernd Greiner
The purpose of this workshop is to explore the possibilities of ‘tandem history’ (Kate Brown) as a transnational approach in new research on the final decade of the Cold War. The period was marked not only by the renewal of superpower tensions, but also by new concerns that poorly fit the Cold War framework and which have remained with us since the collapse of the binary order.
Fri, 11/4/2016 to Sat, 11/5/2016
University of Sheffield