The field of International History reveals a world of great power politics, international diplomacy, and monumental events. However, International History Declassified seeks to take a closer look into not just the events and people of the past, but those who are studying that history today. Co-hosts Kian Byrne and Pieter Biersteker sit down with various scholars and historians to take a deeper look into the field of International History to discuss how that history is made, and where the field is headed in the future. International History Declassified is a podcast from the History and Public Policy Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Captured Records and Archival Responsibility with Rebecca Whiting
After the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, millions of pages of captured archival materials were taken to the US and made available to the public. But after just a few years, they were taken down and eventually returned to Iraq. Why does so much controversy surround these materials, and what issues face historians seeking to work with other captured archives? Rebecca Whiting joins Pieter and Kian for a discussion of the recently-returned Iraqi archives and their complicated history.
Latin America in the Russian Archives with Michelle Paranzino
In this episode, Pieter and Kian speak with Michelle Paranzino of the US Naval War College about her experiences studying Latin American Cold War history in the Russian Archives.
International History Declassified - Afro-Asianism in the Cold War with Ruodi Duan
Pieter and Kian talk with Harvard PhD candidate Ruodi Duan about the intersection of Chinese Cold War history with Africa and African-American social movements during the 1960s-1970s.
Russia and the Cold War in the Turkish Archives with Onur Isci
Kian and Pieter sit down with Bilkent University professor Onur Isci to talk about the Center for Russian Studies and his work in the Turkish Archives. While Turkey and Russia seem to be natural enemies, the documents show that has not always been the case.
Opening the Dominican Archives with René Cordero
In our latest episode, we explore the archives of the Dominican Republic and Latin American Cold War history with René Cordero of Brown University. René explains his work with the Dominican section of Opening the Archives project, and tells of a personal connection he discovered while conducting research in Santo Domingo.
International History Declassified - Ukrainian Nuclear History and the Budapest Memorandum with Mariana Budjeryn
In this episode of International History Declassified, Kian and Pieter speak with Dr. Mariana Budjeryn of Harvard University's Belfer Center. Dr. Budjeryn explains the significance of the Budapest Memorandum, which was signed 25 years ago on the heels of the collapse of the Soviet Union, and which made Ukraine one of the few countries to give up its nuclear arsenal. Dr. Budjeryn also provides fascinating insight into her experiences researching in Ukrainian archives and interviewing Soviet generals.