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A reflection upon the Lecture ‘An irrelevant relationship? The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and Yugoslavia, c.1960–91’

On the 22nd of October, Matthew Broad held a discussion about the unique position which Yugoslavia occupied during the Cold War.  This was the first of a series of digital lectures by the Cold War Research Network, with new events to follow in the upcoming weeks. The event was a great succes and we were very…

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Publication: NATO’s inherent dilemma: strategic imperatives vs. value foundations

Cold War Research Network coordinator Ruud van Dijk published together with Stanley R. Sloan the article “NATO’s inherent dilemma: strategic imperatives vs. value foundations” for the Journal of Strategic Studies. In their article, van Dijk and Sloan argue that it has been clear for several years now that what NATO purports to stand for and…

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Publication: Israelpolitik – German–Israeli relations, 1949–69

The rapprochement between Germany and Israel in the aftermath of the Holocaust is one of the most striking political developments of the twentieth century. German Chancellor Angela Merkel recently referred to it as a ‘miracle’. But how did this ‘miracle’ come about? In this book, Lorena De Vita traces the contradictions and dilemmas that shaped…

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Publication: An Uneasy Triangle: Nicolae Ceausescu, the Greek Colonels and the Greek Communists (1967-1974)

In his new article “An Uneasy Triangle: Nicolae Ceaușescu, the Greek Colonels and the Greek Communists (1967-1974)” for The International History Review Paschalis Pechlivanis examines the rapprochement between Ceaușescu’s Romania and the dictatorship of the Greek Colonels (1967-1974). Specifically, the paradoxically positive attitude of Ceaușescu towards the Greek Junta is approached not only on a…

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Publication: Margins for Manoeuvre in Cold War Europe – The Influence of Smaller Powers

Laurien Crump, coordinator of the Cold War Research Network, and Susanna Erlandsson challenge the view that the Cold War is conventionally regarded as a superpower conflict that dominated the shape of international relations between World War II and the fall of the Berlin Wall in their recent publication “Margins for Manoeuvre in Cold War Europe…

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Publication: America and Romania in the Cold War – A Differentiated Détente, 1969-80

This book examines the US foreign policy of differentiation towards the socialist regimes of Eastern Europe as it was implemented by various administrations towards Ceausescu’s Romania from 1969 to 1980. Drawing from multi-archival research from both US and Romanian sources, this is the first comprehensive analysis of differentiation and shows that Washington’s Eastern European policy…

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Publication: The Low Countries and the United States during the Cold War

In 2016, CWRN members Giles Scott-Smith and Frank Gerits again functioned together with Kim Christiaens & Idesbald Goddeeris as guest editors for an issue of Dutch Crossing – Journal of Low Countries Studies. With this special issue, a set of articles has been brought together that open up new ways to consider the changing relations both within…

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Publication: The Low Countries and Eastern Europe during the Cold War

In 2015 CWRN members Giles Scott-Smith and Frank Gerits functioned together with Kim Christiaens & Idesbald Goddeeris as guest editors for an issue of Dutch Crossing – Journal of Low Countries Studies. Existing scholarship on the Benelux nations has tended to emphasise the ‘loyal ally’ thesis, the uniqueness of small states among larger powers and…

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