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ADST: Cold War Podcast
A podcast following the development of the Cold War using original oral histories from the Association for Diplomatic Studies & Training‘s Foreign Affairs Oral History archive. (https://adst.org)
Mar 28, 2022
China 1960 - 1972
With the Soviet Union on the forefront of conflict with the United States, a new player formally found its way into the Cold War arena in 1950. Solidified by the Treaty of Friendship, Alliance, and Mutual Assistance, the Soviet Union and the People’s Republic of China had created a new accord, bonding two major Communist powerhouses. Despite the presence of a seemingly strong alliance between the two entities, the relationship would slowly unravel, presenting an opportunity for American diplomacy with China for the first time in over two decades of hostility and isolation. New, open relations with China would ultimately work to pivot the direction of the war in favor of the United States and help the Soviet Union and America in their quest to make forward progress.
Mar 21, 2022
Vietnam 1950 - 1975
In this episode of the Cold War series on containment, we move into the Vietnam War and analyze how the conflict played a pivotal role in portraying the U.S. desire to curtail the growth of communism. Ambassadors Burton Levin and E. Allan Wednt offer their perspectives from being involved in this era and explain the motivations behind carrying out the Truman Doctrine and preventing the toppling effects of the Domino Theory. From administrative efforts on containment policy to outright proxy wars in the cold war against communism, we leave with a better understanding of why the countries involved felt so compelled to act upon their respective, conflicting nationalistic ideologies.
Mar 14, 2022
Few moments during the Cold War were as iconic and memorable as the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. This manifestation of Cold War tensions exemplifies both the success and failure of United States containment policy in the early stages of this global conflict. In this episode, we cover the rise of Fidel Castro, the failure of the Bay of Pigs, and the Cuban Missile Crisis itself, all from the perspective of America’s Foreign Service Officers.
Oct 14, 2021
South Korea and Iran 1950-1954
The early stages of the Cold War grew quickly, testing its limits in proxy states. Beginning with Korea and Iran, these were critical points of the war in which communist states and anti-communist states came into direct military conflict and civil war. In this episode, we cover how the US-Soviet rivalry was present in both the Korean Peninsula and Iran, all from the perspective of America’s Foreign Service Officers.
Oct 7, 2021
E2 NATO, Europe, Fall of 中国大陆1945-1949
The Cold War began as Europe was recovering from economic devastation. In response, the United States sent economic aid to various countries in order to strengthen its influence and their individual defense against the Soviet Union. Because of this, the Soviet Union would counter. In this episode, we cover Winston Churchill’s Iron Curtain speech, and President Harry Truman’s “Truman Doctrine” and its call for the Marshall Plan in countries like Greece, Turkey, and Germany, all from the perspective of America’s Foreign Service Officers.
Sep 30, 2021
The Non-Aligned Movement
The Cold War began in the aftermath of World War II. Ideological division rose from the victorious Allies: capitalism versus communism; a race seeking global influence between the United States and the Soviet Union. However there was a movement of countries who did not want any part of choosing sides: the Non-Alignment Movement. In this episode, we cover how a group of nations rose to confront the US-Soviet rivalry and established the Non-Alignment Movement as a “third road” in geopolitics, all from the perspective of America’s Foreign Service Officers.