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Wes Ullrich


Dr Ullrich is the organiser of the annual European Summer School on Cold War History and is a research associate of the CWSP.

He has been involved with IDEAS in various capacities since 2008.

He held the Maurice Pinto PhD Scholarship at LSE IDEAS  and was a 2011 George C. Marshall/Baruch Fellow. His PhD in the International History Department researched US foreign policy, destalinisation and regime change in the Soviet Union, 1953-1956. He holds a MA in International History from the LSE and a BA (hons.) in history with a minor in International Studies from Queen's University (Canada). 

He has taught HY116: International History Since 1890, and HY311: The United States and the Wars in Korea and Vietnam, and was previously the convenor of the faculty and PhD seminar on Cold War and Contemporary History (HY510).  He has also taught courses on US Foreign Policy, The Russian Revolution, Western Public Policy, Comparative Government and US Constitutional Law at the secondary school level. 

Areas of Expertise

  • Cold War history
  • US-Soviet/Russian relations 1953-1991
  • US foreign policy
  • The use of 'peace' in foreign relations

Recent Publications

  • Review of Natalia Kapitonova:  “Visit of Soviet leaders Nikitia Khrushchev and Nicholas Bulganin to Britain in April 1956”, H-Diplo, June 2014. 
  • Review of "George F. Kennan: an American Life", in Journal of Transatlantic Studies, 11.1, 2013.
  • "Preventing 'Peace': The British Government and the Second World Peace Congress", Cold War History, Vol. 11.3 (August 2011).


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  • H-Diplo Review of Wes Ullrich
    H-Diplo Review of Wes Ullrich's "Preventing 'peace'" (Cold War History 11.3) by Holger Nehring
  • Cold War History, Issue 11.3 available now
  • Preventing 'peace': The British Government and the Second World Peace Congress
    Wes Ullrich: The Cold War demonstrated that perception was critical in the decision making of states as it underpinned the reasoning behind many of the decisions made during the Cold War. This paper examines the British Government's response to the Second World Peace Congress.
  • Call for Panellists, 2011 SHAFR Conference
    Panellists sought for the 2011 SHAFR Conference in Alexandria, Virginia, in the area of US foreign policy and regime change in the Cold War.
  • CWSP Staff Awarded Eisenhower Grant
    Wes Ullrich was awarded a Dwight D Eisenhower Presidential Library Travel Grant for research on 'American Foreign Policy toward Soviet Regime Change and De-Stalinization, 1953-1957'.
  • Regime Change Starts at Home? Practical Lessons of a Reconceptualisation of the Cold War
    Wes Ullrich laid out the some utilitarian lessons of the Cold War for current US policymakers in the February issue of IDEAS Today. 'Regime change starts at home'. Often heard among critics of the Bush administration in the run-up to, and after, the war in Iraq had begun; this platitude was not part of the popular lexicon until 2002…’
  • IDEAS Today - Issue 2: February 2010
    The Big Idea: 'China in the 21st Century' by Arne Westad; The People in Charge: Civil Society and State Building in the Democratic Republic of Congo by Cristina Barrios; Programme in Focus: Latin America International Affairs Programme; The Resurgence of the Latin American Right and the Cold War that Never Ended by Victor Figeuroa-Clark; Iraq needs to walk before it can run by Ranj Alaaldin; Spotlight on Fellows: Interview with Dr Toby Dodge; How can China Win Friends and Influence Southeast Asia? by Emmanuel Yujuico; and Regime Change Starts at Home? Practical Lessons of a Reconceptualisation of the Cold War by Wes Ullrich