Resistance International©: Soviet dissidents, US conservatives, and Cold War ‘anti-communist internationalism’, 1983-93

James Brown*

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In 1983 a group of East European dissidents convened Resistance International (RI); a one-of-a-kind Cold War organisation designed to wage a global struggle against communism. Later, in 1984, a US branch of the group was formed with wealthy anti-communist conservative backers. Historians have begun to highlight the complexity of the partnership between East European dissidents and US anti-communists. This article conducts the first detailed study of RI and provides a new opportunity to study how dissident-anti-communist cooperation functioned. The article examines how dissidents involved in RI managed their relationship with US-based anti-communists alongside their relationships with the wider dissident community.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-24
Number of pages24
JournalCold War History
Early online date13 Nov 2023
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 13 Nov 2023

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