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Cold War Conference in Budapest


"New Central and Eastern European Evidence on the Cold War in Asia"

An International Conference,

Budapest, Hungary

October 30-November 2, 2003



Organized by the

The George Washington University Cold War Group

and the

Cold War History Research Center, Budapest


Co-sponsored by

The Cold War International History Project

the National Security Archive

and the 1956 Institute


Additional sponsorship of the conference has been provided by

Temple University’s Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy, the Parallel History Project on NATO and the Warsaw Pact (PHP), the CWIHP Korea Initiative, and the University of Virginia’s

Miller Center and History Department.


This conference is possible thanks to a grant from the

Henry Luce Foundation.





HUNGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES, Budapest, V. District, Roosevelt Square 9. 


New materials in the archives of Central and Eastern Europe, unavailable from archives in Asia or Russia, provide an exciting opportunity to shed new light on the Cold War in Asia. At the conference scholars from many countries and from several disciplines working on subjects related to the Cold War in Asia through the lens of Central and Eastern European primary sources will present papers. Priority will be given to those scholars working directly with Central and Eastern European archives. Each panel will feature one or more scholars serving as discussants. 

Conference participants will receive electronic briefing books of important new materials translated into English from regional archives. We encourage participants to contribute documents to these briefing books or to append some translated documents to their papers.

Articles, based on conference papers as well as collections of declassified documents from East-Central European archives will be published in a special issue of the Cold War International History Project Bulletin, at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington D.C.

The conference will take place in the main building of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences on Roosevelt Square. 

For further information on the conference please, contact James M. Goldgeier, Director, Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, George Washington University, (jimg@gwu.edu) or Csaba Bekes, Director, Cold War History Research Center, Budapest (bek11339@helka.iif.hu).





Friday, October 31. HUNGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES, Budapest, V. District, Roosevelt Square 9.


9:00-9:30. Welcome. 

9:30-10:45. Panel I. 

The Importance of 1956. Chair: Malcolm Byrne. Commentator: Odd Arne Westad. 

Sergo Mikoyan, “Anastas Mikoyan’s papers on ‘De-Stalinization’ and Crises Inside the Socialist Bloc.” 

Peter Vamos, “The Chinese Communist Party’s Policy and the 1956 Hungarian Revolution.” 

L.W. Gluchowski, “Poland, China, and the Sino-Soviet Split, 1956-64.”


11:00-12:15. Panel II.

The Sino-Soviet Split. Chair: James Hershberg. Commentator: Vlad Zubok. 

Carmen Rijnoveanu, “A Romanian Perspective on the Sino-Soviet Conflict, 1960-68.” 

Douglas Selvage, “Poland and the Sino-Soviet Rift, 1963-1965.” 

David Wolff, “Interkit: Warsaw Pact Sinology and the Sino-Soviet Split.”


12:30-13:30. Lunch. 

13:45-15:00. Panel III. 

East European-Chinese Relations (I). Chair: Csaba Bekes. Commentator: Chen Jian. 

Jordan Baev, “Bulgaria and Soviet efforts to Coordinate Soviet Bloc Anti-Maoist Propaganda Campaign, 1960-1975.” 

Mircea Munteanu, “Countering the Soviets at Every Turn: Romania-Chinese Inter-Party Cooperation, 1966-70.” 

Wanda Jarzabek, “China through Polish Eyes, 1965-1972.”


15:15-16:30. Panel IV. 

East European-Chinese Relations (II). Chair: James Goldgeier. Commentator: Jordan Baev. 

Hope Harrison, “East German-Chinese Relations, 1956-61.” 

Peter Vamos, “Hungarian documents on China, 1956-1972.” 

Lavinia Betea/ Paul Wingrove, “Dej’s relations with China.”


16:45-18:00. Panel V. 

The Warsaw Pact and Asia. Chair: Gregg Brazinsky. Commentator: Hope Harrison. 

Petre Opris, “Expansion Attempts of the Warsaw Treaty Organization in the Asian Area.” 

Bernd Schaefer, “The Latest Findings of the Parallel History Project.” 

Mark Kramer, Harvard, “Sino-Soviet Relations and the Warsaw Pact, 1955-80.” (Paper to be presented by James Hershberg.)


19:30. Dinner 

Saturday, November 1.

HUNGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES, Budapest, V. District, Roosevelt Square 9.


9:30-10:45. Panel VI. 

Vietnam (I). Chair: Oldrich Tuma. Commentator: Gabriele Sinigoj. 

Lorenz Luthi, “The Collapse of Sino-Soviet Party Relations and Its Influence on the Early Vietnam War, 1963-66.” 

Csaba Bekes, “Hungarian Mediation during the Vietnam War, 1965-66.” 

James Hershberg, “Polish Mediation and the Vietnam War, 1966.” 

11:00-12:15. Panel VII. 

Vietnam (II). Chair: Odd Arne Westad. Commentator: Lien-Hang Nguyen. 

Malgorzata Gnoinska, “Poland and Vietnam, 1963.” 

Boris Stanimirov, “Bulgarian Aid to Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia during the Indochina War, 1963-75.” 

Balazs Szalontai, “The International Aspects of North Vietnamese Internal Policies, 1954-69.”


12:30-13:30. Lunch 

13:45-15:15. Panel VIII. 

Korea. Chair: Kathryn Weathersby. Commentator: Gregg Brazinsky. 

Ruediger Frank, “Materials on North Korea in the Bauhaus Archive in Dessau.” 

Balazs Szalontai, “1956 - A Challenge to the Leader.” 

Sergei Radchenko, “North Korea and Soviet/Japanese Rapprochement in the 1960's.” 

Bernd Schaefer, “North Korean ‘Adventurism’ and China’s Long Shadow, 1966-72.”

15:30-16:45. Panel IX. 

The Cold War Elsewhere in Asia. Chair: Jordan Baev. Commentators: Yvette Chin, Jim Hershberg

Ragna Boden, “The Atheistic and the Muslim State—Islam in the Service of Soviet Policy towards Indonesia (1954-64).” 

Ljubodrag Dimic and Svetozar Rajak, “Meeting of the Like-Minded:Tito’s first trip to India and Burma.” 

Sergey Radchenko, “The Kremlin’s Leash, the Mongolian Nationalism and the Chinese Connection.”


17:00-18:00. Concluding Discussion 

Moderated by Csaba Bekes.


19:30. Dinner

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