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Conference: Rhodesian UDI: 40 Years On
5-6 January 2006
Robinson Rooms, LSE, London

Thanks to a British Academy Conference Grant, the CWSC organised a very successful conference on Rhodesian UDI. The conference formed part of the Southern Africa Initiative and was the second in a series of events on the Rhodesian question. This conference provided a unique opportunity to place the UDI era in its historic context. It provided analysis of the Rhodesia question as a case study of the intersection of racial conflict in the Cold War and its socio-political impact, the implications for the structures of the international system, and its contemporary relevance to political scientists and scholars of international relations. In addition, the conference highlighted new archival material and offered comparative analysis of the written record with oral history. Overall, the conference shed new light on the international dimensions of the crisis and analysis of the Rhodesia Front's attempts to implement a specific multi-racial model of modernity in the context of the Cold War in Southern Africa. Professor Mick Cox, Co-Director of CWSC, welcomed Lord Owen (former British Foreign Secretary 1977-1979) who gave a lengthy Opening Address, covering his close involvement in the Rhodesia question and then answered questions from the audience. The subsequent panels on the domestic, regional and international aspects of the Rhodesian UDI era highlighted the crucial context of the Cold War in Southern Africa, from the standpoint of both perception and reality.
For more information about this conference, please email the conference coordinator, Dr. Sue Onslow, at S.Onslow@lse.ac.uk 

CWSC Public Lecture
17 January 2006, 6:30pm
Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE

Still the Arc of Crisis? The Middle East from the Cold War to Iraq
Speakers: Professor Fred Halliday (LSE), Dr Toby Dodge (Queen Mary University London)
The Cold War was fought - and some would say won by the West - in the Middle East. Yet the legacy of victory has not been order but further conflict in Israel, Iraq, Afghanistan, and possibly in the future, Iran and Syria. How has this happened, even in a region apparently dominated by the United States? And what does the future hold for the Middle East?
Chair: Professor Michael Cox, Department of International Relations, LSE

CWSC Public Lecture
24 January 2006, 6:30pm
Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE

blight_at_lecternPart of the Gilder Lehrman Lecture Series in American History, in association with the Cold War Studies Centre
The Civil War, Historical Memory and the United States: Unity or Division?
Speaker: Professor David Blight (Yale University, USA)
The single most important American experience of the 19th century was the Civil War - a conflagration that destroyed the slave system in the South, led to the death of 600,000 people (more than in any other American war), and once and for all solved the American 'national question' in favour of the North. But how has the Civil War been viewed by successive generations of writers? And what is its legacy today?
Chair: Professor Arne Westad, Department of International History, LSE

brinkley_at_lectern_smallCWSC Public Lecture
7 February 2006, 6:30pm
Hong Kong Theatre, LSE

The Idea of an American Century
Speaker: Professor Alan Brinkley (Columbia University, USA)
 In 1941 the publisher Henry Luce announced the beginning of an American century and called upon  Americans to take up the burden of global leadership. Has the United States fulfilled its historic mission? Why has the idea of an American Century  exercised such fascination for writers? And  after 2000 should we now be thinking of  another American century?
Professor Brinkley's paper is available online. Please note that an earlier version of this paper appears in "The American Century in Europe," edited by R. Laurence Morre and Maurizio Vaudagna, Cornell University Press.
Chair: Professor Arne Westad, Department of International History, LSE

CWSC Public Lecture, Book Launch, and Roundtable Discussion
14 February 2006, 6:30pm
Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE

The Global Cold War: Third World Interventions and the Making of Our Times
Speaker:Professor Odd Arne Westad
Discussants: Professor Fred Halliday, Professor of International relations at the LSE and Professor Richard H. Immerman, Edward J. Buthusiem Family Distinguished faculty fellow and chair of the department of history at Temple University (Philadelphia, USA)
In his major new study Professor Westad - Co-Director of the Cold War Studies Centre at the LSE - argues that it was not in Europe or the United States where the costs of the Cold War were borne but on the so-called periphery, in the Third World. It is also in the Third World where the bitter legacy of the Cold War can be most readily measured now. In this roundtable, Professor Westad discuss the main themes of his book with a panel of distinguished experts.
Chair: Professor Michael Cox, Department of International Relations, LSE

CWSC Public Lecture
1 March 2006, 6:30pm
Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE

The United States - Global Polluter? Kyoto and After
Organized in conjunction with the Centre for Environmental Policy and Governance (LSE)
Speakers: Professor Robyn Eckersley (The University of Melbourne, Australia) and Sir Crispin Tickell (formerly British Ambassador to the United Nations)
If anything has set the United States apart from the rest of the world it has been its consistent refusal to agree to any international agreements dealing with the dangers posed by 'global warming'. President Bush is not even convinced that such a threat exists. Why has the United States taken the stance it has? What does this mean for the future of international relations? And what will it all mean for the future of the earth?
Chair: Professor Yvonne Rydin, Professor of Environmental Planning & Director of the Centre for Environmental Planning and Governance, LSE

CWSC Public Lecture
7 March 2006, 6:30pm
Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE

The final lecture in the Gilder Lehrman Lecture Series in American History, in association with the Cold War Studies Centre.
carwardine_and_lincoln_smallerAbraham Lincoln and the Almost Chosen People
Professor Richard Carwardine (Rhodes Professor of American History, Oxford University)
The iconic status of Lincoln as both liberator and saviour of the American nation is assured. But who was  the real Lincoln? What were his underlying aims? And what has been his legacy for the United States? Professor Carwardine's paper is available online.

Richard Carwardine is a graduate of Oxford University. He taught American history for thirty years at the University of Sheffield, where he also served as Dean of the Faculty of Arts. Since 2002 he has been the Rhodes Professor of American History at Oxford, and Fellow of St Catherine's College. He has studied, taught and held visiting research appointments in the United States, at UC Berkeley, Syracuse University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

LSE-Columbia University Workshop
16-18 March 2006
Columbia University, New York

Conference: The LSE-GWU-UCSB International Graduate Conference on the Cold War
6-8 April 2006, from 9 am
LSE & The National Archives, London
The Cold War Studies Centre (CWSC) of the London School of Economics and Political Science, the Center for Cold War Studies (CCWS) of the University of California Santa Barbara, and the Cold War Group (GWCW) of the George Washington University, in cooperation with Cambridge University, are pleased to announce their 2006 International Graduate Student Conference on the Cold War, which will be held in London on 06-08 April 2006. The sessions will take place at the LSE and at the British National Archives at Kew outside London. For more information about the conference, please email the coordinators at cwh@lse.ac.uk

young_mCWSC Public Lecture
3 May 2006, 6:30pm
Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE
Vietnam and the American Dream - From Saigon to Baghdad

Speaker: Professor Marilyn Young (New York University, USA)
No event in recent American history has shaped the fate of the nation at home and abroad more than the Vietnam War; and overcoming its restrictive legacy has been a major aim of successive American presidents; an aim most recently and forcefully articulated by President George W Bush in Iraq - a war with many objectives one of which however has been to bury the Vietnam 'Syndrome' for ever.
Chair: Professor Arne Westad, Department of International History, LSE

The LSE-PKU Conference on Chinese Foreign Policy and Global International Affairs
5-6 May 2006, from 9 am each day
A316 Old Building, LSE
As a part of ongoing cooperation between LSE and PKU, and in anticipation of the new Joint Masters Degree, the Cold War Studies Centre is hosting a two day seminar on Chinese foreign policy and global international affairs. The conference will be held at the London School of Economics and will academics together from the two institutions. The PKU participants will include: Professor Wang Jisi, Professor Jia Qingguo, Professor Niu Jun, Professor Wang Zhengyi, and Professor Li Anshan. Those participating from the LSE include the Co-Directors of the Cold War Studies Centre Professor Michael Cox and Professor Odd Arne Westad, as well as Professor Barry Buzan from the International Relations department, and Dr. Piers Ludlow from the International History Department and Dr Athar Hussain, the Deputy Director of the Asia Research Centre. The conference agenda is available online. The papers to be presented include:

  • Professor Wang Jisi: The Current State of Sino-American Relations
  • Professor Michael Cox: The "China Threat" Revisited: Reflections of the Past - Visions of the Future
  • Professor Wang Zhengyi: International Political Economy in China
  • Professor Li Anshan: China's Relationship with the Developing World after the Cold War
  • Dr. Piers Ludlow: European integration and the resolution of the German problem: Lessons for East Asia?
  • Professor Jia Qingguo: China's Rise in a Uni-Polar World
  • Professor Barry Buzan: Reflections from Europe on China's "Peaceful Rise" Strategy
  • Professor Niu Jun: China and the World: a Sixty Year Perspective
  • Professor Odd Arne Westad: Most Favoured Enemy: Sino-American Relations since the mid-1970s
  • Dr. Athar Hussain: China as an Economic Power - Aspects and Consequences

International Symposium: Cold War and Hot War: The Arab-Israeli conflict, 1967-73
10-12 May 2006,
Cumberland Lodge, Windsor
The years 1967-73 are represented in much of the existing secondary literature as the 'classic' Cold War years in the Middle East. In 1967, the so-called 'false' Soviet intelligence warning to the Egyptian  Government is supposed to have helped precipitate the israeli_tankoutbreak of war. Similarly, the history of the 1973 war is often written as though the decisions of the Nixon administration to airlift supplies to Israel and declare a nuclear alert were the only salient features of the conflict. In both cases, there is a strong argument for balancing the attention paid to the role of the superpowers through a renewed focus on the motives of the regional players. The same applies to the events of the intervening years, in particular the 'War of Attrition' and the 'Black September' civil war in Jordan, both of which were perceived through a Cold War prism in Washington and Moscow. The goal of this symposium would be to re-assess the role of the Cold War in shaping the events of this pivotal period in the Arab-Israeli conflict. It is proposed that a small group of international scholars would meet to discuss these issues. Their expertise might be complemented by a 'witness' element in the form of contributions from surviving Arab and Israeli political figures from the era. For more information contact Dr. Nigel Ashton, n.ashton@lse.ac.uk 

wang_jisi_at_lecternCWSC Public Lecture
8 May 2006, 1:00 pm
Shaw Library, LSE

Part of the CWSC LSE-PKU Public Lecture Series
"Peaceful Rise": A Discourse in China
Speaker: Professor Wang Jisi
(Peking University)
Professor Wang Jisi will speak about the discourse of "peaceful rise" in China. He will address the formation of this idea, what the idea means in China, and what's missing from the debate. Professor Wang is Dean of the PKU  School of International Studies and former Director, Institute of American Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Professor Wang's paper is available online.
Chair: Professor Arne Westad, Department of International History, LSE
Chair: Professor Odd Arne Westad, LSE


CWSC Public Lecture
12 June 2006, 6:00 pm
Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE

The 2006 James Bryce Lecture on the American Commonwealth - in conjunction with the Institute for the Study of the Americas (ISA)
Ordinary Liberty: What Americans Really Mean by Freedom
Speaker: Professor Orlando Patterson
(John Cowles Professor of Sociology, Harvard University, USA)
This address links his longstanding interest in freedom in the making of the modern world and his more recent research on its relevance for modern America in relationship to the intersecting problems of race, immigration and multiculturalism.
Chair: Professor Iwan Morgan, (Professor of US Studies and Head of US Programmes at the Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London). Credit for photograph of Professor Orlando Patterson: Kris Snibbe, Harvard News Office

British Academy-Russian Academy Archives Project Announced
CWSC Public Lecture
12 June 2006, 6:00 pm
Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE
The British Academy and the Russian Academy have come together in a joint project to compile several volumes of documents in Russian and in English covering UK-Soviet relations during the period 1943-64. One of the purposes of this project is to bring the documents together on order to compare those documents held in UK and in the Russian archives on the key developments during this period. For more information see the BA-RA Archives Project Website.

CWSC-Gilder Lehrman Institute Summer Seminar in Cold War History
23-29 July 2006
Cambridge University, 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 more information about the programme, please see the Gilder Lehrman Institute's website.

LSE-Peking University Summer School 2006
August 2006
Peking University, Beijing
Professors Wang Jisi (PKU), Arne Westad (Department of International History, LSE) and Professor Michael Cox (Department of International Relations, LSE) taught two summer school courses in China. Professors Wang's course explored the history, thrust, and determinants of contemporary Chinese foreign policy and its history since the founding of the People's Republic. In particular, it focused on new characteristics of China's foreign relations such as the "peaceful rise" discourse, development, cooperation, and global challenges in the post 9/11 world. These developments and the changing nature of Chinese society were set against China's historical background: "leaning toward one side", 1949-57; "revolutionary diplomacy" 1958-71; and "from rapprochement to opening and reform," 1972-88. Professors Westad and Cox taught a course called Worlds in Collision: International relations from the collapse of the Soviet Union to the rise of China. This course examined the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and September 11, which marked the beginning and termination of two very different eras, the peaceful end of the Cold War and the radical Islamists' attack on the United States. This course explored how the world has adapted to these, and other equally important changes, with special emphasis being placed on the rise of China and its global implications. The first part examined the "new" Cold War history and the immediate impact of the end of the Cold War on the international system in general and East Asia in particular. The second part looked at the world order in the so-called 'post-Cold war' era. The course concluded with a discussion of the Bush presidency, the 'war on terror', Iraq, the spread of nuclear weapons, the "new" transatlantic crisis, and China's impact on world politics. For more information on the summer school, visit the IDEAS summer school website.

Joint Masters Degrees Launched: LSE'S Great Leap Forward
September 2006
LSE and Beijing
The LSE-PKU Joint Masters Degree was launched this year and has taken in its first group of students in Beijing. For more information about the Double Degree, please visit the Double Degree website, or the following other websites: The Independent Today, published an article on this programme on 19 January 2006.

barry_buzanCWSC Public Lecture
4 October 2006, 6:30 pm
Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE
Will the Global "War on Terrorism" Be the New Cold War?

Speaker: Professor Barry Buzan (Department of International Relations, LSE)
Many have talked of the 'war on terror' as if it were a new Cold War. This simplistic and misleading understanding is subject to a major critique by one of the leading writers on International Relations today.
Chair: Professor Michael Cox (Department of International Relations, LSE)

CWSC Public Lecture
17 October 2006, 6:30 pm
New Theatre, East Building, LSE

The inaugural lecture of the Gilder Lehrman Lecture Series in American History, in association with the Cold War Studies Centre
Thomas Jefferson and the Origins of American Partiesappleby_the_audience
Speaker: Professor Joyce Appleby (Professor Emerita UCLA)
The drafters of the U.S. Constitution didn't anticipate parties, and none of America's first leaders looked upon them with favour. When Jefferson organized an opposition to the policies of George Washington and his Federalist regime, he did so to save the principle of the American Revolution. In the ensuing battle over just what were those principles, the footprint for all succeeding American political parties was made.
Chair: Professor Odd Arne Westad (Department of International History, LSE)

Cold War Studies Centre Seminar 
1 November, 2006, 6:00 pm
International History Common Room, E509, East Building
Speaker: John Robert Kelley (LSE: PhD Candidate-International Relations)
U.S. Public Diplomacy: A Cold War Success Story?

CWSC Public Lecture
2 November 2006, 6:45 pm
New Theatre, East Building, LSE
Seven Years that Changed the World: Gorbachev and the End of the Cold War

Speaker: Professor Archie Brown (Oxford University)
brown_a_smlArchie Brown, a graduate of LSE, is Emeritus Professor of Politics at Oxford University and Emeritus Fellow of St Antony’s College. His book, The Gorbachev Factor (Oxford University Press, 1996) won the W.J.M. Mackenzie Prize of the Political Studies Association of the UK for best political science book of the year and the Alec Nove Prize for best book on Russia, Communism or Post-Communism. His most recent book, as editor and co-author, is The Demise of Marxism-Leninism in Russia (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004). A book which he completed this summer, Seven Years that Changed the World: Perestroika in Perspective, will be published by Oxford University Press in spring 2007. A frequent traveller to both Russia and the United States, Professor Brown has played an active part in public discussion of the Soviet Union and post-Soviet Russia. He was the first person – at an important Chequers seminar in 1983 – to draw Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s attention to the likely emergence of a reformist Soviet leader in the shape of Mikhail Gorbachev.
Chair: Professor Michael Cox (Department of International Relations, LSE)

CWSC Public Lecture
9 November 2006, 6:30 pm
Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE
The Collapse of the Soviet Empire - Reflections of an Insider

Speaker: Andrei Grachev (Former Press Secretary to President Mikhail Gorbachev)
andrei_grachev_speakingAndrei Grachev is a political analyst and journalist in Russia. He was born in Moscow in 1941 and graduated in History from the Moscow Institute of International relations. He was Editor of the international magazine “World Youth” in Budapest (Hungary). Then, Deputy Director on the International Department of the Central Committee of CPSU and adviser for Mikhail Gorbachev he was later appointed assistant and official Spokesman of the President of the USSR until his resignation in December 1991. Political scientist and editorialist for the “New Times” and “Moscow News” (Russia) Andrei Grachev was teaching as the Visitingandrei_grachev_audienceProfessor at “la Sorbonne” (Paris) and Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, and was a Senior Researcher at St Antony’s College, Oxford. Author of several books, he’s presently member of Russian UN Association, Founding member of the Council for Foreign and Defense Policy of Russia, Adviser at the Gorbachev Foundation (Moscow), Expert of the Association Progress of Management (Paris) and Chairman of the Scientific Committee of The World Political Forum (Turin, Italy).
Chair: Professor Michael Cox (Department of International Relations, LSE)

Cold War Studies Centre Seminar 
6 December 2006, 6:00 pm
International History Common Room, E509, East Building
Speaker: Dr Bastian Giegerich (International Institute of Strategic Studies)
Cold War Strategic Cultures and Military Reform in Germany and Austria
Room: E509