Yalta and the Cold War Culture of Secrecy

November 10, 2015, located in the North Lounge.  Lecture by Dr. Joshua Botts, Historian’s office, U.S. Department of State.  In February 1945, Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin met at Yalta and confronted and expansive agenda that straddled the demands of finishing a war and building a peace.  The deals struck and compromises reached over representation and veto power at the United Nations, Soviet entrance into the war against Japan, and the composition of “liberated” governments in Europe, grew increasingly divisive within the United States as the wartime “Grad alliance” fractured and the Cold War erupted over the ensuing years.