Foreign Affairs

The Cold War

On October 21, 2006 "The Cold War: An Eyewitness Perspective" was presented at the National Archives in Washington, DC. The day-long symposium was developed by the National Archives and Records Administration (including the Presidential Libraries and the Center for the National Archives Experience), and received underwriting from the Foundation for the National Archives.

Key Note Remarks

Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein, President of The Center for Democracy (1985 to 2003), University Professor and Professor of History - Boston University (1985-89), University Professor - Georgetown University (1981-1984), Professor of History - Smith College and American Studies Program Chairman (1966-81), President of the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions (1984)


Ambassador Harlan Cleveland, an executive of the Marshall Plan (1952), Assistant Secretary of State for International Affairs (1960s), and U.S. Ambassador to NATO (1965-69) opened the symposium and offered keynote remarks on the Cold War era.
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Cold War Ideologies: The Struggle for Hearts and Minds

Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein led a discussion investigating the foreign and domestic philosophical debate that was at the heart of the Cold War, between:
Historian Ronald Radosh, and
Historian Ellen Schrecker.

Cold War Mediation: Unraveling the Knots of War

Nixon Presidential Library director Timothy Naftali moderated a panel of distinguished eyewitnesses in a discussion of Cold War confrontation and mediation:
Sergei Khrushchev, son of Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, and senior research fellow at Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies;
Susan Eisenhower, granddaughter of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, president of the Eisenhower Group, Inc, distinguished fellow of the Eisenhower Institute; and
Ted Sorensen, speechwriter, adviser and legal counsel to President John F. Kennedy, international lawyer for over 34 years at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison

Cold War Reporting: Global Views and Results

Former CNN world affairs correspondent Ralph Begleiter moderated a panel discussion with:
Daniel Schorr, NPR's senior news analyst
Gene Mater, former news director of Radio Free Europe
Thomas C. Wolfe, historian (University of Minnesota),
Vladislav Zubok, historian (Temple University), and
Vladimir Abarinov, Russian journalist

Cold War Espionage: Through the Looking Glass

Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein moderated a panel of experts including: Herbert Romerstein, chief, Office to Counter Soviet Disinformation and Active Measures, U.S. Information Agency (1983-1989);
Timothy Naftali, Nixon Presidential Library director;
Ronald Radosh, historian;
Victor Navasky, publisher emeritus of The Nation;
Francis Gary Powers, Jr., son of U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers and founder of The Cold War Museum in Virginia;
Peter Earnest, International Spy Museum executive director.