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Previous Cold War Studies Centre Events - 2005

CWSC Public Lecture

27 January, 2005
Clement House, D Building
The Death of the West? US-European Relations in the Age of Bush|
Speaker: Dr. Mary Sarotte (Cambridge)
Chair: Professor Michael Cox

CWSC Public Lecture

kaldor_mary_160x1062 February, 2005
Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE
Old Wars, Cold Wars, New Wars, Wars on Terror
|Speaker: Professor Mary Kaldor (LSE)
Chair: Professor Arne Westad


Cold War Studies Centre Seminar

8 February, 2005
6.00pm, E509, East Building
Speaker: Felix Berenskoetter (LSE)
Redefining Normality: German security policy and the end of the Cold War

Cold War Studies Centre Seminar

22 February 2005 
6.00pm, E509, East Building
Speaker: Alvaro Mendez (LSE)
Latin America at the forefront of US foreign and security policy during the Cold War

CWSC Public Lecture

2 March 2005, 6:30 pm
Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE
Russia and the War on Terror
|Speaker: Professor Margot Light (LSE)
Chair: Professor Arne Westad

Cold War Studies Centre Seminar

8 March 2005 
6.00pm, E509, East Building
Adam Quinn (LSE)
American universalism and the origins of the Cold War

International Graduate Student Conference on the Cold War: The Cold War and its Context

29-30 April 2005
University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)

The UCSB Center for Cold War Studies (CCWS), the George Washington Cold War Group (GWCW), and the LSE Cold War Studies Centre (CWSC) have organised their 2005 International Graduate Student Conference on the Cold War, which was held at UCSB from 29-30 April 2005.

The conference was an excellent opportunity for graduate students to present papers and receive critical feedback from peers and experts in the field. Each paper had a faculty discussant, and there was a keynote address by a distinguished scholar in the field.

CWSC Workshop: International History of the Bandung Conference and the Origins of the Non-Aligned Movement

balkans2_160x10413-16 May 2005
Sveti Stefan, Serbia and Montenegro 

This workshop is organized by LSE Cold War Studies Centre; the International Center for Advanced Studies at New York University; the Department of History at the University of Belgrade; and the Archives of Serbia and Montenegro and with the generous support from the Cold War International History Project and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC, and the Ford Foundation in New York.

The 1955 Bandung Conference, the first meeting of leaders from African and Asian states in the postcolonial era, marked a watershed in international relations. For the first time, the political leaders of the Third World met to begin forming their own joint policies on key foreign affairs issues, such as world trade, decolonization, the Cold War, and disarmament.

Speaking for more than half the world's population, the leaders who met at Bandung formed resolutions that would be of central importance for the forming of the Non-Aligned Movement and for the future of the United Nations. But as importantly, the conference provided a forum for exchanging views on patterns of domestic development for leaders such as India's Nehru, China's Zhou Enlai, Indonesia's Sukarno, Egypt's Nasser, and Ghana's Nkrumah.

This workshop is more than a commemoration of the Bandung era. One of its aims is to forge an understanding of the Bandung/Non-Alignment era in relation to both new and old forms of imperialism, political-economic inequalities, and shifting geopolitical landscapes. Revisiting Bandung is especially urgent given the near global embrace of neoliberal strategies of growth, the ascendancy of new imperial projects, and the apparent demise of Thirdworldism.

The workshop is taking place in cooperation with the National Archives of Serbia and Montenegro, which holds Tito's papers and the largest available research collection on the history of the Non-Aligned Movement. Faculty and graduate students at Belgrade University will be preparing separate papers based on the Belgrade archives on Tito's relations with key Third World leaders, such as Nasser, Nehru, and Sukarno.

This workshop is therefore also part of the ongoing process of reintegrating the research institutions of the former Yugoslavia into international scholarly exchanges.

Cambridge-LSE Graduate Student Conference

cambridge_uni_160x10820-21 May 2005
Cambridge University, Cambridge

The Cambridge-LSE Graduate Student Conference in May 2005, the first in a new cooperative initiative, is an exciting opportunity for graduate students of both institutions to present, discuss and compare their research projects on Cold War-related topics. 

The aim is to provide an opportunity for PhD students to present their own work and to have it critiqued by their peers.  Additionally, the conference will feature specialist training seminars on Cold War historiography, working in the archives of Western and formerly Communist countries, the use of specialised electronic resources, how to use Cold War source materials - including contextualisation to understand cultural and ideological aspects, and on the use of non-archival sources such as newspapers.


Witness Seminar: Britain and the Rhodesian Question: Road to Settlement 1979-80

rhodesia_map_larger_160x1455 July 2005
The National Archive
Kew, Richmond, Surrey

On Tuesday 5th July , in collaboration with the Centre for Contemporary British History|, the CWSC held a Witness Seminar 'Britain and Rhodesia: Road to Settlement' at The National Archives|, Kew. This was the first meeting in the current series being organised by CWSC as part of its Southern Africa Initiative|. For more information about this conference, contact Dr. Sue Onslow at S.Onslow@lse.ac.uk|.

The Witness Seminar was attended by many leading British politicians and diplomats involved in the resolution of the Rhodesia issue, the events leading up to the Lancaster House Conference and Zimbabwe's legal independence in April 1980.

Participants included Lord Carrington (Foreign Secretary 1979-1982), Lord Steel (leader of the Liberal Party 1976-88), Sir John Graham, Sir Derek Day, and the Hon Peter Jay (British Ambassador to Washington 1977-79). Professor Westad, Director of CWSC, then chaired an interactive session between historians and witnesses. Extracts of the Witness Seminar will be made available in due course on CWSC website. For information on other SAI Events, see the Southern Africa Initiative website.

CWSC-Gilder Lehrman Institute Summer Seminar in Cold War History

st_catharines_cambridge_160x11424-30 July 2005
St Catharine's College, Cambridge

The Gilder Lehrman Institute, New York, USA, and the CWSC will organize a summer seminar in Cold War history, held in Cambridge, United Kingdom. It is attended by high school teachers from Russia and the USA. Through lectures, workshops, and discussions, they study, live together, and exchange experiences for a week in a historic environment of Cambridge.

The seminar provides an unprecedented opportunity for Russian and American teachers to study with the leading scholars in the field. The end of US-Soviet tensions has facilitated exciting new scholarship on international events of the past half-century as researchers have discarded old political orthodoxies and have gained new access to government documents, particularly from the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.

Participants in this seminar will hear lectures by Dr. Odd Arne Westad, Professor in International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science and joint Director of the Cold War Studies Centre, and several guest speakers.

They will have an opportunity to learn about recent Cold War scholarship, work directly with historical documents , and discuss teaching methods in the United States and Russia. For details on participating in the conference, please see the Gilder Lehrman Institute website|.

CWSC Public Lecture

chang_and_halliday2_smaller_160x10712 October 2005, 6:30 pm
Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE
Mao, the Chinese Revolution, and After|
Speakers: Jon Halliday and Jung Chang
Authors of Mao: The Untold Story

The world has long awaited the new biography of Mao by Jon Halliday and Jung Chang - author of the best-selling Wild Swans. It has now appeared to rave reviews. Here the two discuss the life, times and legacy of Mao and Maoism with Professor Michael Cox and Professor Arne Westad, the Directors of the Cold War Studies Centre at the LSE.

CWSC Public Lecture

18 October 2005, 6:30pm
Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE
American Power: Global Sheriff - International Outlaw?|
Speaker: Professor William Wohlforth (Dartmouth College, USA) and Professor Paul Rogers (University of Bradford)

No country is more important in the world today than the United States of America. But how should we think of its role: as sheriff or outlaw? Here two of the best known writers on US foreign policy lock horns in order to try and provide an answer to this critical question.

Chair: Professor Michael Cox, Department of International Relations, LSE.

CWSC Public Lecture

8 November 2005, 6:30 pm
Hong Kong Theatre, LSE
Bush Two, Year One: Lame Duck or Radical Reformer?|

Roundtable Discussion Speakers: Professor Philip Davies (The Eccles Centre for American Studies, British Library), former US Congresswoman Beverly Byron (Democrat, Maryland), former US Congressman Ronald A. Sarasin (Republican, Connecticult)
Organized in conjunction with the British Association for the American Studies.

In November 2004 George W Bush swept back into office promising to  prosecute the war on terror more effectively abroad while carrying out sweeping reforms at home. With majorities in both Houses of Congress, there seemed few political obstacles standing in his way. In this roundtable a leading Britsih academic - Director of the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library - and two former members of the US Congress, provide very different perspectives on the Bush presidency.

Chair: Professor Arne Westad, Department of International History, LSE.

CWSC Public Lecture

15 November 2005, 6:30pm
Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE
Is America a Foreign Country? Reflections on the Right Nation|
Speaker: Dr. Anatol Lieven (Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington DC) and John Micklethwait (US Editor of The Economist)

How different is the United States? Why does it appear like 'us' at some times and quite unlike 'us' at others? Is it growing apart from Europe or will it remain deeply attached to the continent? The answers to this will depend to a large degree on how we view the United States as a country?

Here we bring together two of the boldest British analysts of the American scene to discuss whther or not the US is becoming - or has even yet become - a "foreign" country?
Chair: Professor Michael Cox, Department of International Relations, LSE.

CWSC Public Lecture

22 November 2005, 6:30pm
Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE
Neo-Conservatism and the Origins of the New American Empire|
Speakers: Professor Anne Norton (University of Pennsylvania, USA) and Dr Stefan Halper (University of Cambridge, UK)

Two themes have run like a red thread through recent debates about American foreign policy under Bush: whether we should now be thinking of the United States in terms of an Empire, and the degree to which its foreign policy has been shaped by a set of ideas loosely defined as neo-conservative?

But who are the neo-conservatives and what is their world outlook? Here two leading Americans who have written on the subject in recently path-breaking studies explore the origins and onsequences of neo-conservatism
Chair: Professor Chris Brown, Department of International Relations, LSE

CWSC Public Lecture

wood_gordon_3_smaller_160x10929 November 2005, 6:30pm
Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE
The inaugural lecture: the Gilder Lehrman Lecture Series in American History, in association with the Cold War Studies Centre

The Origins of American Constitutionalism|

Speaker: Professor Gordon Wood, Pulitzer Prize winner (Brown University, USA)
Any understanding of the United States inevitably has to return to the point of creation, to the turbulent years when the first new nation was formed in the late 18th century. It was at this precise moment when America began to forge its own distinct identity - one that has persisted until the present time.

Here the 1993 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History explores at least four ways in which the US came to differ from its former colonial master on major constitutional issues: the notion of a written constitution itself, the separation of powers, representation, and sovereignty.

Chair: Professor Arne Westad, Department of International History, LSE