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August 21, 2013 | By Christopher Goffard and Paloma Esquivel
They were great antagonists of the Cold War, the avowedly Red-hating American president and the world's most powerful Communist. Yet when Richard Nixon hosted Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev for a summit in June 1973, their private exchanges had the casual, meandering comity of old friends. Meeting his Russian counterpart privately in the Oval Office, with only a translator accompanying them, Nixon said the world's safety hinged on their mutual trust. “Mr. Brezhnev and I have the key, and I think that our personal relationship will unlock the door,” Nixon said.
May 2, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
A conference to promote peace between communist and capitalist adversaries might sound like an antiquated notion in the post-Cold War era. But in this 60 th anniversary year of the signing of the Korean War armistice, which suspended the fighting but never led to a peace treaty, tension has escalated to a frightening crescendo. In a bid to focus the world's attention on this unresolved crisis, Koreans from both sides of the U.S.-designated demilitarized zone will bring their stories of personal heartache to a three-day forum organized by the UCLA Center for Korean Studies.
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