History and Theory of International Relations

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The Ayatollah and the U.S. Embassy

Author: Ray Takeyh
Weekly Standard

It has long been the conceit of Iran specialists and political commentators that Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini was not informed that militant students intended to take over the U.S. embassy in Iran in 1979. The Western intelligentsia has vouched for the Islamic Republic and claimed that the hostage crisis was a product of an internal power struggle. It was not about America, but rather about a revolution sorting itself out. As such, the hostage drama should not stand in the way of a rapprochement between the two nations. 

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The Fall of the Berlin Wall: the Cold War’s Last Days

Speakers: Robert D. Blackwill, Vitaly Churkin, and Frank Elbe
Presider: Mary Elise Sarotte

CFR's Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, Robert D. Blackwill, Vitaly Churkin, permanent representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations, and Frank Elbe, former director of German Foreign Minister Hans-Deitrich Genscher's cabinet, join Mary Elise Sarotte of Harvard University to discuss the factors and steps that led to the end of the Cold War.

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The Fall of the Berlin Wall: the Cold War’s Last Days

Speakers: Robert D. Blackwill, Vitaly Churkin, and Frank Elbe
Presider: Mary E. Sarotte

CFR's Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, Robert D. Blackwill, Vitaly Churkin, permanent representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations, and Frank Elbe, former director of German Foreign Minister Hans-Deitrich Genscher's cabinet, join Mary Elise Sarotte of Harvard University to discuss the factors and steps that led to the end of the Cold War.

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The Fall of the Berlin Wall: the Cold War’s Last Days

Speakers: Robert D. Blackwill, Vitaly Churkin, and Frank Elbe
Presider: Mary Elise Sarotte

CFR's Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, Robert D. Blackwill, Vitaly Churkin, permanent representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations, and Frank Elbe, former director of German Foreign Minister Hans-Deitrich Genscher's cabinet, join Mary Elise Sarotte of Harvard University to discuss the factors and steps that led to the end of the Cold War.

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From Coalition to Rivalry: The Soviet Union and United States at the Beginning of the Cold War

Speakers: Frank Costigliola, Melvyn P. Leffler, and Philip D. Zelikow
Introductory Speaker: Richard N. Haass
Presider: Andrew Nagorski

Frank Costigliola of the University of Connecticut, Melvyn P. Leffler of the University of Virginia, and Philip D. Zelikow of the University of Virginia join Andrew Nagorski, former president and director of public policy at the EastWest Institute, to discuss key events and ideologies that formed the origins of the Cold War.

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From Coalition to Rivalry: The Soviet Union and United States at the Beginning of the Cold War

Speakers: Frank Costigliola, Melvyn P. Leffler, and Philip D. Zelikow
Introductory Speaker: Richard N. Haass
Presider: Andrew Nagorski

Frank Costigliola of the University of Connecticut, Melvyn P. Leffler of the University of Virginia, and Philip D. Zelikow of the University of Virginia join Andrew Nagorski, former president and director of public policy at the EastWest Institute, to discuss key events and ideologies that formed the origins of the Cold War.

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From Coalition to Rivalry: The Soviet Union and United States at the Beginning of the Cold War

Speakers: Frank Costigliola, Melvyn P. Leffler, and Philip D. Zelikow
Introductory Speaker: Richard N. Haass
Presider: Andrew Nagorski

Frank Costigliola of the University of Connecticut, Melvyn P. Leffler of the University of Virginia, and Philip D. Zelikow of the University of Virginia join Andrew Nagorski, former president and director of public policy at the EastWest Institute, to discuss key events and ideologies that formed the origins of the Cold War.

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When Reagan Cut and Run

Author: Micah Zenko
ForeignPolicy.com

On February 7, 1984, President Ronald Reagan withdrew the U.S. Marines from Lebanon—an action that was "perhaps the most purposeful and consequential foreign-policy decision of his presidency," Micah Zenko writes. In this article, Zenko discusses the unclear and unachievable mission of the United States in Lebanon, and Reagan's subsequent decision to withdraw.

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