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Remembering 1989 and the end of the Cold War – When the Berlin Wall fell 30 years ago, Americans saw it as a victory for democracy and the free market system; they were optimistic about the prospects for Eastern Europe as well as a long-term positive relationship between the U.S. and Russia.



The Power of Ideas That Won the Cold War is Still Needed by Chris Datta

How U.S.-Soviet scientific and Technical Exchanges Helped End the Cold War by Olga Krasnyak

A Free Trade Agreement Could Benefit the U.S.-Brazil Trade Relationship by Peter Sufrin

Statement of Support for U.S. Diplomats



Reporting on the Spread of HIV in China by David Cowhig

Hong Kong — Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow by Dick Virden



The fall of the Berlin Wall, November 9 1989


National Archives

The Second Original United Nations Charter



State Department | Diplomacy is Our Mission – a preview exhibit of the U.S. Diplomacy Center

Belfer Center | Future of Diplomacy Project

In Memoriam

Donald Anderson, who died October 6, was part of the team that opened the U.S. Liaison Office in Beijing in 1973 and first U.S. Consul General in Shanghai after re-establishing the consulate in 1980. Read his oral history at

William Green Miller passed away September 22. He was Ambassador to Ukraine 1993-1998 and also known for his engagement with Iran and Russia. Read his oral history at

Books of Note

November 2019

Democracy for Sale: Elections, Clientelism, and the State of Indonesia
By Edward Aspinall and Ward Berenschot

Kidnap: Inside the Ransom Business
By Anja Shortland

A Rope From the Sky: The Making and Unmaking of the World’s Newest State
By Zach Vertin

Iran Reframed: Anxieties of Power in the Islamic Republic
By Narges Bajoghli

Faces of the Disappeared: Ayotzinapa: A Chronicle of Injustice
By Tryno Maldonado
Translated by Chandler Thompson

From War to Peace in the Balkans, Middle East and Ukraine
By Daniel Serwer

How China Sees the World: Han-Centrism and the Balance of Power in International Politics
By John M. Friend and Bradley A Thayer

Book Reviews

Education of an Idealist by Samantha Power, reviewed by Donald Camp

The Anarchy: The East India Company, Corporate Violence, and the Pillage of an Empire by William Dalrymple, reviewed by Jon Dorschner

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