Events

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 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

The IAEA and the Global Cold War

Expert Meeting of the IAEA History Research Project
On 2 September 2016, the IAEA History Research Project will host an expert workshop on the history of the IAEA during the global Cold War, in cooperation with the Berlin Center for Cold War Studies. The meeting is part of the IAEA History Research Project’s larger research activities focusing on the history of the IAEA. The project aims to catalyze the opening of the IAEA archives and the integration of IAEA history within the global nuclear history narrative. The Berlin meeting will bring together experts from the worlds of practice and academia to shed new light on the history of the IAEA during the Cold War.
Fri, 9/2/2016
Berliner Kolleg Kalter Krieg

"Grenzen des Kalten Krieges | Compromising the Cold War". Lecture series at the Humboldt University Berlin

Winter semester 2016/2017
The lecture series’ title “Grenzen des Kalten Krieges | Compromising the Cold War“ refers not only to borders on the political map, but also to the limits of social perceptions of order and patterns of thinking. What could be said and done under the conditions of the Cold War? When, why and under what conditions were these perceived frontiers crossed, undermined or completely suspended? Who were the actors? What lines could be shifted, and how far? Which ones were porous, and which particularly stable, even irreversible remaining in effect past the Cold War’s end? The focus is on questions directing awareness towards countercurrents, rigidities, passages and bottlenecks, all replete with their innate dynamics and unintended consequences.
Thu, 10/20/2016 to Thu, 2/9/2017
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

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