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The LSE Cold War Podcast

The LSE Cold War Podcast tackles the big questions around the conflict that made our contemporary world: The Cold War.

Every fortnight, Jack Basu-Mellish interviews scholars from LSE, a leading global centre for the development of Cold War Studies, and beyond. Unpacking the history of the decades-long global conflict, the LSE Cold War Podcast examines the past, present, and future of Cold War history in conversation with some of the leading scholars in the field.

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  • Episode 6: The USA and Western Europe with Professor Piers Ludlow. In this episode we speak with Professor Piers Ludlow, Head of the International History Department at The London School of Economics and Political Science. His main research interests lie in the history of Western Europe since 1945, in particular the historical roots of the integration process and the development of the EU. Today we will cover the US relationship with the three major Western European powers of the Cold War - the United Kingdom, France and West Germany. Click here to listen to the episode.
  • Episode 5: The Sino-Soviet Split with Prof Sergey RadchenkoThis week we are joined by Prof Sergey Radchenko to discuss the often tumultuous relationship between the two major superpowers of the communist world during the Cold War. The People's Republic of China and the USSR. Sergey Radchenko is the Director of Research and Professor of International Relations at the University of Cardiff. He is an expert on Sino-Soviet Relations, atomic diplomacy, and has written books on Mongolian and North Korean History. He has previously served as a Global Fellow and a Public Policy Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Centre (in Washington D.C.), and as the Zi Jiang Distinguished Professor at East China Normal University (Shanghai). Click here to listen to the episode.
  • Episode 4: The Latin American Left with Dr Tanya Harmer. Joining us for this episode to discuss the Cuban and Chilean Revolutions during the Cold War is Dr Tanya Harmer, and expert on the Latin American left. She has written widely on Chilean and Cuban Revolution’s influence in Latin America, counter-revolutions and inter-American diplomacy, solidarity networks, women and gender in Latin America. Her latest book is Toward a Global History of Latin America's Revolutionary Left. Click here to listen to the episode.

  • Episode 3: The Shah of Iran with Dr Roham Alvandi. Dr Roham Alvandi is Associate Professor of International History at the London School of Economics. He is the author of two books, the first Nixon, Kissinger, and the Shah: was selected by the Financial Times as one of the best history books of 2014. He is also the editor and author of The Age of Aryamehr: Late Pahlavi Iran and its Global Entanglements. This week we discuss the Shah's foreign and domestic policies, the White Revolution, SAVAK, his relationship with Henry Kissinger, and the events that eventually led to the Shah's downfall. Click here to listen to the episode.

  • Episode 2: Fall of the USSR with Professor Kristina SpohrProfessor Spohr is one of the world's leading experts on both Cold War Germany and the end point of the Cold War. This week on the Cold War Podcast we tackle the latter. Discussing ideas from her recent work "Post Wall, Post Square: Rebuilding the World the World After 1989" we discuss the final years of the Soviet Union, what led to its collapse, the rise of Boris Yeltsin and Vladimir Putin, and how the events of 1991 built the world we are living in today. Click here to listen to the episode.

  • Episode 1: A Global Cold War with Professor Arne Westad. On our inaugural episode of the LSE Cold War Studies Podcast, Jack Basu-Mellish interviews Professor Arne Westad, one of the world’s leading historians of the Cold War. Arne Westad is Founding Director of LSE IDEAS, a world leading think tank which began as the LSE Cold War Studies Centre in 2004. He is now the Elihu Professor of History and Global Affairs at Yale University. He has published numerous highly influential books on the Cold War, expanding the discipline’s breadth of understanding, including The Global Cold War and The Cold War: A World History. Listen to Episode 1 with Arne Westad here.