Why is studying the Cold War significant today?

Dr. Cristina Blanco Sío-López

You will discover figures and groups that defied any apparent form of status quo to dare to design alternative scenarios beyond confrontation, submission and conformity. That is, indeed, an evergreen perspective we will never stop learning from.


Dr. Debby Esmeé de Vlugt

I see that many of the protest movements that are popular now find their roots in activist networks that emerged within the particular context of the Cold War. Examples include the contemporary climate movement, which finds its roots in the antinuclear movement, and the Palestinian freedom movement, which can be linked directly to the Third World liberation movements of the twentieth century.


Dr. Dario Fazzi

The historical study of the Cold War gives us insights into the relevance of ideologies, alliances, and structures of power in regulating international affairs.


Dr. Evanthis Hatzivassiliou

The Cold War has shaped the contemporary world and its impact lies in the foundations of the methodologies of government, perceptions and the structure of the international system of today.


Professor Dr. Jan Hofenaar

The Cold War holds up a mirror to us of where and why international relations could have been so tense for so long; how enemy images could lead to distortion of each other’s intentions; where opportunities for improvement in relations were missed etc.


Dr. Alessandro Iandolo

The battle between socialists and liberals was (and still is) at the core of politics, economics, and culture worldwide. For this reason, it’s easy to “weaponize” the Cold War and claim everything is a “new” Cold War.


Professor  Dr. Sandrine Kott

If we analyse the Cold War period in a nuanced way, we can see that it is important to question the way actors interpreted the period. The same critical work needs to be done today.


Dr. Jos van der Linden

If only a fraction of the energy devoted to the present-day rhetoric about a war in Europe […] would be used to raising public awareness of the possible perceptions and fears of the other side, the security of both Russia and the West would be greatly enhanced. Explaining the many misunderstandings that occurred during the Cold War can help in doing just that.


Professor Emeritus Vojtech Mastny

To avoid drawing wrong lessons from the Cold War – an untypical war resulting from a concurrence of historical circumstances unlikely to ever recur.


Dr. Fernando Camacho Padilla

The Cold War, like all global political processes, is important to study in order to draw lessons for a better understanding and to preserve world peace. 


Dr. Simeon Paravantes

A more complete understanding of the Cold War helps us to re-discover the values upon which open societies function, and what it is that make such societies unique in human history.


Dr. Effie Pedaliu

Cold War antagonism shaped not only the international system but also the domestic and economic development of states – even whole regions – in ways that are still evident.


Dr. Rasmus Sinding Søndergaard

Studying the Cold War provides invaluable insights into the historical, geopolitical, and strategic dimensions of current international affairs.


Dr. Liliane Stadler

 As time passes, more archival materials from the Cold War period become publicly accessible for researchers, practitioners, and members of the interested public.


Luke Thrumble

More than any other historical subject, the Cold War sets the stage for the state of international relations today. Whether it’s Russian revanchism on the rise, the Chinese ascent to global power status, perennial calamity in the Middle East, or the erosion of Western-style democracy around the world, the contours of the Cold War loom high in the rear-view mirror.


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