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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).