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2012 LSE-GWU-UCSB Graduate Conference on the Cold War

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On 19-21 April 2012, The LSE IDEAS Cold War Studies Programme (CWSP) hosted the 10th  Annual LSE-GWU-UCSB Graduate Conference on the Cold War.

The foremost international conference on the Cold War and late 20th century international history, it showcased the work of 23 PhD students from across the world. The LSE, GWU, Universität Heidelberg, UCSB, Université Lausanne, Oxford University,  Cambridge University, University of Waterloo, Universität Leipzig, Columbia University, Rutgers University, and Central European University were among the universities represented. Papers were presented on a wide variety of topics, from the American politics, International Development, to the role of the press and media during the Cold War. 

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A number of high profile Cold War experts acted as commentators offering a fresh perspective on their work and encouraging spirited debate. These included Gregg Brazinsky, Holger Nehring|, Roham Alvandi, Anne Deighton|, James Ellison, Matthew Jones|, David Priestland and IDEAS co-director Arne Westad.

The conference opened Thursday evening with a plenary session on “Regime Change in the Cold War and Beyond”. Chaired by CWSP Head Piers Ludlow, speakers Artemy Kalinovsky, Vanni Pettinà, and Salim Yaqub debated the meaning of ‘regime change’ and various instances of regime change, or indeed ‘regime maintenance’, during the Cold War - click here to listen to the podcast.|

Friday was concluded by a controversial plenary session on the ‘paradox of increasing cold war research’ in which Chair Arne Hofmann asked the panellists if the Cold War would still be considered the, or even a, crucial event of the twentieth century in the future as research in other areas such as environmentalism and decolonisation becomes more and more important in the historiography of 20th century international history. Anne Deighton, Arne Westad and the Matthew Jones debated the importance of the Cold War in understanding the events of the twentieth century and convincingly argued for its centrality - click here to listen to the podcast.|

On Saturday the keynote was given by Andrew Preston| who spoke on ‘Religion in the Cold War’. He argued for a greater inclusion of religion as a key aspect for Cold War history, not only in the decision making of states and leaders, but also in how societies acted within the cold war system. He focused specifically on the role of religion in Presidential administrations from Roosevelt to Reagan - click here to listen to the podcast.|

Conference convenor Wes Ullrich| stated, “I was amazed by the level of scholarship, not only in the papers, but also as it was presented and debated. There were many papers that I hope to see published soon. I did not envy the professors on the panel [Piers Ludlow|, Salim Yaqub, Gregg Brazinsky and Michael Dockrill] deciding the winner of the Saki Dockrill Prize”.

The conference was concluded with the presentation of the Saki Dockrill Memorial Prize| for the best paper by Professor Michael Dockrill|. It was awarded to Amy Rutenburg for her paper, “Drafting for Domesticity: American Deferment Policy during the Cold War, 1948-65”, which will be published in Cold War History and she will receive a £100 book voucher.

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Thursday 19 April

Plenary Session 1:  Regime Change in the Cold War and Beyond: From the Prague 'coup' to the Arab Spring
Chair: Piers Ludlow
Speakers: Artemy Kalinovsky, Vanni Pettinà, Salim Yaqub


Friday 20 April

Panel 1: A Global GDR?

Chair: Vanni Pettinà

Zhong Zhong Chen, LSE: 'Diplomacy behind Moscow's Back' - Sino-East German Rapprochement , 1979-1983
Commentator: Gregg Brazinsky

Katharine White, GWU: The Legacy of the Cold War in Germany: The Evolving Nature of East German Identity in the Early 1990s
Commentator: Holger Nehring

Sophie Lorenz, Universität Heidelberg: "Heroine of the Other America": The Case of the East German Solidarity Movement for Angela Davis as Another Piece of the Cold War Puzzle?
Commentator: Holger Nehring


Panel 2: Nexus or not? The Mid-East in the Cold War
Chair: Gregg Brazinsky

Julia Sittmann, GWU: "Under no circumstances!": Iraq, East Germany, and the Cold War Relationship That Never Was
Commentator: Salim Yaqub

Eric Massie, UCSB: Fighting Charlie in Iran: U.S.-Iranian Relations in the Context of the Cold War, 1965-1972
Commentator: Roham Alvandi

Seth Anziska, Columbia University: Autonomy as National Disenfranchisement: The Palestinian Question from Camp David to the Lebanon War, 1978-1982
Commentator: Salim Yaqub


Panel 3: The Early Cold War in Europe
Chair: Artemy Kalinovsky

Dora Vargha, Rutgers University: Between East and West: Polio Vaccination Across the Iron Curtain
Commentator: Anne Deighton

Hadrien Buclin, Université Lausanne: Intellectuals and the Cold War: "Swiss McCarthyism" During the 50's?
Commentator: Anne Deighton

Laure Humbert, University of Exeter: France and the Development of Anti-Communism in Displaced Persons (DPs) Camps in Post-War Germany, 1945-1947
Commentator: Piers Ludlow

Tina Hansen, Oxford University: The Church of England's Engagement in Britain's Early Cold War Policies, 1947-50
Commentator: James Ellison


Panel 4: International Development
Chair: Arne Westad

Jill Campbell-Miller, University of Waterloo: Reluctant Beneficiaries: Cold War Politics, Economic Development and Bilateral Aid in Nehru's India
Commentator: Taylor Sherman

Torsten Loschke, Universität Leipzig: Latin American Studies in the United States – An Instrument of Cold War Imperialism?
Commentator: Vanni Pettinà

Timothy Nunan, Oxford University: Afghanistan's Developmental Moment? Modernization and Development in Cold War Afghanistan, c. 1929-1973
Commentator: Arne Westad


Plenary Session 2: The Paradox of Increasing Cold War Research
Chair: Arne Hofmann
Speakers: Arne Westad,  Matthew Jones, Anne Deighton


Saturday 21 April

Panel 5: American Culture and the Military at Home and Abroad
Chair: Arne Hofmann

Henry Maar, UCSB: The Challenge of Peace: Ronald Reagan and the Antinuclear Revolt of the Catholic Church, 1980-1985
Commentator: Andrew Preston

Amy Jennifer Rutenberg, University of Maryland: Drafting for Domesticity: American Deferment Policy during the Cold War 1948-65
Commentator: Arne Hofmann

Zach Fredman, Boston University: Occupational Hazards: US Marines in China and the End of the "Special Relationship"
Commentator: Matthew Jones


Panel 6: The Press and Media from East to West
Chair: Piers Ludlow

Dan Strieff, LSE: 'Getting Control': White House News Management in the 1978 Egypt-Israel Camp David Summit
Commentator: Salim Yaqub

Dina Fainberg, Rutgers University: The Making of Soviet Restons: Imagination of America and the Invention of Soviet International Reporting, 1945-1953
Commentator: Artemy Kalinovsky

Masha Kirasirova, New York University: The Development of Soviet Central Asian Cinema Between the First and Second Soviet Afro-Asian Solidarity Film Festivals in Tashkent, 1958-1968
Commentator: David Priestland

Kata Bohus, Central European University: The Hungarian Communist Regime and the Eichmann Trial: A Failed Propaganda Effort
Commentator: Anita Praźmowska


Keynote Address: Andrew Preston, The Religious Cold War 
Chair: Piers Ludlow


Panel 7International Implications of the American Political Spectrum
Chair: Alexander Kubyshkin

Michael Brenes, City University of New York: Making Foreign Policy at the Grassroots: American Conservatism and the Origins of the "Second Cold War"
Commentator: Andrew Preston

Mark Seddon, University of Sheffield: Anglo-US Oil Rivalry in the Early Cold War: Conflict in Venezuela, 1941-1948
Commentator: Vanni Pettinà

Jonathan Cook, Cambridge University: Senator Henry M. Jackson and Chinese-American Relations, 1977-1981
Commentator: Matthew Jones

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