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Reviewing the Cold War: Approaches, Interpretations, Theory

(NS 107)
July 17-20, 1998
Lysebu, Holmenkollen, Oslo, Norway
Organizer: The Norwegian Nobel Institute, through its Director of Research, Dr. Odd Arne Westad.

The symposium drew a total of 34 prominent participants from 10 countries. The tendency of the symposium discussion was toward emphasizing how the availability of sources from the "other side" of the Cold War had led to a new focus on topics related to ideologies and cultural factors. Several speakers nevertheless pointed out that the insights provided to us by the study of national strategies and interests must not be forgotten. A number of lecturers stressed that the study of the Cold War is also useful when evaluating conflicts in today's world. There seems to be a special need to take rhetoric and political symbols seriously and to admit that different mechanisms of action logic exist within various political and cultural traditions.


June 17 - Wednesday  
3:45 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. Opening statements

Francis Sejersted, Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee

Geir Lundestad, Director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute
4:00 p.m.

Session I: Approaches

Introduction: Odd Arne Westad

Papers: John Lewis Gaddis, Mylvyn Leffler, Geir Lundestad and Anders Stephanson

Comments: Alexander Chubarian and Jonathan Haslam

June 18 - Thursday  
9:00 a.m.-12:00 a.m. Session 2: IR Theory and Cold War History

Papers: Richard Ned Lebow and William Wohlforth

Comments: Torbjørn Knutsen and Stein
June 18 - Friday  
9:00 a.m.-12:00 a.m. Session 3: Structural Issues

Papers: Rey Koslowski and Douglas Macdonald

Comments: Mark Badley and Kristian Gerner
2:00 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. Session 4: Stragegies and Decision Making

Papers: Aaron Friedberg, Wilfried Loth, Constantine Pleshakov and Shu Guang Zhang

Olav Njølstad
June 20 - Saturday  
9:00 a.m.-12.00 a.m. Session 5: Turning Points?

Papers: Antonio Varsori, James Hershberg, Jussi Hanhimäki and Vladislav Zubok

Comments: Chen Jian, Anne Deighton and Vojtech Mastny
Dr. Mark Bradley
Dept. of History
University of Chicago
Douglas Macdonald
Norwegian Nobel Institute
Dr. Malcolm Byrne
National Security Archive, The George Washington University, USA
Jun Niu
Norwegian Nobel Institute

Dr. Jian Chen Department of History Southern Illinois University USA

Dr. Olav Njølstad
Institutt for forsvarsstudier
Oslo, Norway

Prof. Alexander Chubarian
Institute of Universal History, Russia

Christian F. Ostermann
Cold War International History Project
Woodrow Wilson International Center, USA
Dr. Anne Deighton
European Studies Centre
St. Anthony's College
Prof. Helge Pharo
Oslo, Norway
Dr. Aaron L. Friedberg
Center of International Studies, Princeton University, USA
Dr. Constantine Pleshakov
Moscow, Russia

Prof. John Gaddis
Department of History
Yale University, USA

Prof. Francis Sejersted
Norwegian Nobel Committee, Norway
Prof. Kristian Gerner
Inst. for Öst-Europa studier, Uppsala universitet, Sweden

Prof. Jarl Simensen
Trondheim, Norway

Dr. Jussi M. Hanhimäki
London School of Economics and Political Science, U K
Dr. Anders Stephanson
History Department
Columbia University
Dr. Jonathan Haslam
Corpus Christi College
University of Cambridge
Stein Tønnesson
Oslo, Norway
Dr. Torbjørn Knutsen Artiom Ulunian
Oslo, Norway
Prof. Rey Koslowski
Rutgers University, University Heights, USA
Prof. Antonio Varsori
Facolta di Scienze Politiche
Dipartimento di Studie sullo Stato, Universita degli Studi di Firenzi, Italy

Director Ned Lebow
The Mershon Center

Dr. Odd Arne Westad
Oslo, Norway

Prof. Melvyn P. Leffler
Corcoran Dept. of History
University of Virginia, USA

Dr. William C. Wohlforth
Yale University, USA

Prof. Wilfried Loth
University of Essen
Assoc. Prof. Shuguang Zhang
Department of History
University of Maryland, USA
Prof. Geir Lundestad
Norwegian Nobel Institute
Dr. Vlad Zubok
National Security Archive
The George Washington University, USA
Prof. Vojtech Mastny
Norwegian Nobel Institute
Prof. Oyvind Osterud
Institutt for Statsvitenskap
Oslo, Norway


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