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The Digital Archive contains once-secret documents from governments all across the globe, uncovering new sources and providing fresh insights into the history of international relations and diplomacy. It collects the research of three Wilson Center projects which focus on the interrelated histories of the Cold War, Korea, and Nuclear Proliferation. [Read more]

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May 14, 1957

Letter from Syngman Rhee to Ngo Dinh Diem

A cordial invitation letter from Syngman Rhee to Ngo Dinh Diem to visit South Korea.

May 03, 1957

Weekly Report from Pyung Sik Son to the President (Syngman Rhee)

Pyung Sik Son reports that the Korean artists mission in Saigon has successfully introduced Korean culture to and has made good impression upon the Vietnamese people.

May 02, 1957

Letter No. 60 from the President (Syngman Rhee) to Minister Duk Shin Choi

A letter from the President to Minister Choi asking not to refer to Korea as the "son of the United Nations."

May 08, 1957

Kolisa-57 Special Report No. 11, 'Trip to Thailand'

Choi Duk Shin reports on his trip to Thailand and recommends that Korea exchange ambassadors with Thailand, as the country is becoming the center of Southeast Asia.

April 19, 1957

Weekly Report from Pyung Sik Son to the President (Syngman Rhee)

Pyung Sik Son reports on the "International Anti-Communist Exhibit" held in South Vietnam and the visit of a South Korean naval delegation to Thailand.

March 22, 1957

Kolisa-57 Special Report No. 1, 'Trip to RyuKyu'

A special report from Minister Choi to the President after visiting Ryukyu. Choi reports that there is slight chance that Ryukyu will become an independent country rather than …

May 14, 1957

Letter from Syngman Rhee to Ngo Dinh Diem

A cordial invitation letter from Syngman Rhee to Ngo Dinh Diem to visit South Korea.

May 03, 1957

Weekly Report from Pyung Sik Son to the President (Syngman Rhee)

Pyung Sik Son reports that the Korean artists mission in Saigon has successfully introduced Korean culture to and has made good impression upon the Vietnamese people.

May 02, 1957

Letter No. 60 from the President (Syngman Rhee) to Minister Duk Shin Choi

A letter from the President to Minister Choi asking not to refer to Korea as the "son of the United Nations."

May 08, 1957

Kolisa-57 Special Report No. 11, 'Trip to Thailand'

Choi Duk Shin reports on his trip to Thailand and recommends that Korea exchange ambassadors with Thailand, as the country is becoming the center of Southeast Asia.

April 19, 1957

Weekly Report from Pyung Sik Son to the President (Syngman Rhee)

Pyung Sik Son reports on the "International Anti-Communist Exhibit" held in South Vietnam and the visit of a South Korean naval delegation to Thailand.

March 22, 1957

Kolisa-57 Special Report No. 1, 'Trip to RyuKyu'

A special report from Minister Choi to the President after visiting Ryukyu. Choi reports that there is slight chance that Ryukyu will become an independent country rather than …

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END OF THE COLD WAR

Documents on the collapse of the Soviet Union in the late 1980s.

BANDUNG CONFERENCE, 1955

Representatives from 29 African, Asian, and Middle Eastern countries came together for the Afro-Asian Conference in Bandung, Indonesia in 1955.

NORTH KOREA AND THE AMERICAN RADICAL LEFT

In the midst of the diplomatic competition between the two Koreas, groups from the American radical left traveled to Pyongyang.

THE ALGERIAN REVOLUTION AND THE COMMUNIST BLOC

The onset of the Algerian War of Independence in November 1954 was an important development in the international history of the Cold War.

NORTH KOREAN NUCLEAR HISTORY

Formerly secret documents from the communist word reveal that North Korea's nuclear program began as early as the 1960s.

RADIO FREE EUROPE AND RADIO LIBERTY

Declassified US government documents on Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty.

END OF THE COLD WAR

Documents on the collapse of the Soviet Union in the late 1980s.

BANDUNG CONFERENCE, 1955

Representatives from 29 African, Asian, and Middle Eastern countries came together for the Afro-Asian Conference in Bandung, Indonesia in 1955.

NORTH KOREA AND THE AMERICAN RADICAL LEFT

In the midst of the diplomatic competition between the two Koreas, groups from the American radical left traveled to Pyongyang.

THE ALGERIAN REVOLUTION AND THE COMMUNIST BLOC

The onset of the Algerian War of Independence in November 1954 was an important development in the international history of the Cold War.

NORTH KOREAN NUCLEAR HISTORY

Formerly secret documents from the communist word reveal that North Korea's nuclear program began as early as the 1960s.

RADIO FREE EUROPE AND RADIO LIBERTY

Declassified US government documents on Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty.

Welcome

The Digital Archive contains once-secret documents from governments all across the globe, uncovering new sources and providing fresh insights into the history of international relations and diplomacy. It collects the research of three Wilson Center projects which focus on the interrelated histories of the Cold War, Korea, and Nuclear Proliferation. [Read more]

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themes

Learn about specific topics and regions through essays, timelines and educational resources.

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FROM THE
WILSON CENTER

North Korea's American Allies

North Korea's public diplomacy was in full swing in the United States in the 1970s. Brandon Gauthier investigates North Korea's American allies inside of the so-called American-Korean Friendship and Information Center (AKFIC).

The Algerian Revolution and the Communist Bloc

The onset of the Algerian War of Independence in November 1954 was an important development in the international history of the Cold War. Pierre Asselin introduces documents from the Algerian National Archives on socialist bloc support for Algerian National Liberation Front.

Russia and the First North Korean Nuclear Crisis

Sergey Radchenko draws on Soviet and Russian documents from 1991-1993 to argue that the first North Korean crisis began partly as a result of the policy choices of key regional players.

TWITTER

#OnThisDay in '82 Andropov writes letter inviting 5th grade American girl to visit USSR #coldwarhist http://t.co/j6KZUI8FR6

RT @jkbloodtreasure: Stalin as nightmarish copy editor: http://t.co/HYMpwFwqtL

#OnThisDay in '45 Mao speech defines CPC's postwar foreign policy, attacks Kuomintang gov: http://t.co/jOMQhZuqIS http://t.co/khPJWa08s8

@classicNavalAir Ha. No. We took a light approach for this one, followed with two more actual historical photos. http://t.co/oW7hTihDBF

@subyroy As to photo ID, not fully sure! But it looks like Zhou next to Nehru, at least. If you, or anyone else knows, be sure to tell us!