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Wes Ullrich


Wes Ullrich

Ulllrich Wes Ullrich holds the Maurice Pinto PhD Scholarship| at LSE IDEAS and was a 2011 George C. Marshall/Baruch Fellow. Wes is a PhD Candidate in the International History Department researching US foreign policy, destalinisation and regime change in the Soviet Union, 1953-1956. Before starting his PhD and joining IDEAS, he taught courses on US Foreign Policy, The Russian Revolution, Western Public Policy, Comparative Government and US Constitutional Law at the secondary school level. 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 currently teaches HY116: International History Since 1890. He has convened (with Piers Ludlow) the 10th Annual LSE-GWU-UCSB International Graduate Conference on the Cold War|. He is also a co-organiser of the annual European Summer School on Cold War History|.

Areas of Expertise

  • Cold War history
  • US-Soviet relations 1953-1991
  • US foreign policy
  • Nuclear disarmament
  • Peace movements and the use of 'peace' in foreign relations

Recent Publications


  • 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