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The LSE IDEAS Cold War Studies Programme (CWSP), part of LSE IDEAS, is the leading programme in Europe for advanced study and research into the key political, social, intellectual, economic and military aspects of the Cold War, their historical origins and their contemporary repercussions. »|



George Padmore and Decolonisation from Below|

Tuesday 3 February, 6.30-8.00pm, B.13, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields
Speaker: Leslie James; Discussants: RIchard Drayton, Bill Schwarz; Chair: Arne Westad


The End of the Cold War|

To mark the 25th anniversary of the end of the Cold War, the Cold War Studies Programme has organised a series of public events and publications.  You can watch videos, listen to podcasts, and read articles on the end of the Cold War here.  


Virtual Special Issue: The End of the Cold War - 25 Years On


The journal Cold War History| has gathered its best articles on the end of the Cold War and produced a Virtual Special Issue with a new introduction by LSE IDEAS Founding Co-Director Professor Michael Cox. The entire Virtual Special Issue can be read online for free.



CWSP Associate Alban Webb wins History Today 'Book of the Year' award
Dr Alban Berg, Research Fellow in Broadcasting History at the University of Sussex and an Associate of the LSE IDEAS Cold War Studies Programme, received the 'Book of the Year' award from History Today for 'London Calling', his book on the BBC World Service and the Cold War.

Luc-André Brunet explains on CNN why we are not in the midst of a new Cold War
On the 25th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Gorbachev has warned that the world is in the midst of a new Cold War. In an interview with CNN, Luc-André Brunet, Deputy Head of the Cold War Studies Programme at LSE IDEAS, argues that while relations between the West and Russia are at a new low, "the Cold War was much more than bad relations between Russia and the West".

Call for Papers: LSE-GWU-UCSB Graduate Conference on the Cold War
LSE IDEAS Cold War Studies Programme of the London School of Economics and Political Science (CWSP), the George Washington University Cold War Group (GWCW), and the Center for Cold War Studies (CCWS) of the University of California at Santa Barbara are pleased to announce their 2015 International Graduate Student Conference on the Cold War, to take place at the London School of Economics from 30 April – 2 May 2015. We encourage submissions by graduate students working on any aspect of the Cold War, broadly defined. To be considered, each prospective participant should submit a two-page proposal and a brief academic CV (in Word or pdf format) to Luc-André Brunet at l.brunet@lse.ac.uk by 24 January 2015. Notification of acceptance will occur by 16 February. Successful applicants will be expected to e-mail their papers (no longer than 25 pages) by 17 March.

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