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Digital Archive International History Declassified

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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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November 09, 1963

Letter from Walter Ulbricht to Johann Lorenz Schmidt

Ulbricht thanks Dr. Schmidt for his letter with information on the Brazilian Communist Party.

July 22, 1949

The China Issue

A secret North Korean intelligence file on developments in the Chinese Civil War.

March 09, 1963

Letter to Walter Ulbricht on the Brazilian Communist Party

An official in the GDR Foreign Policy and International Relations department reports on a meeting with General Secretary of the Communist Party of Brazil, Comrade Luis Carlos …

October 28, 1963

Letter from Johann Lorenz Schmidt to Walter Ulbricht on Brazil

Johann Lorenz Schmidt reports on meetings with General Secretary of the Brazilian Communist Party, Luis Carlos Prestes, during which they discussed the strong Chinese influence in …

July 08, 1988

Proposals of the Central Committee of the Romanian Communist Party on Improving the Organization and Democratizing the Activities of the Warsaw Pact Organs

Romanian proposal for reforms and reorganization of the Political Consultative Committee of the Warsaw Pact.

August 24, 1989

Information of the Romanian Embassy in Budapest to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 1415 hrs

A Romanian official at the Embassy in Budapest reports on the Hungarian response to Ceaușescu's 19 August 1989 appeal regarding the situation in Poland.

November 09, 1963

Letter from Walter Ulbricht to Johann Lorenz Schmidt

Ulbricht thanks Dr. Schmidt for his letter with information on the Brazilian Communist Party.

July 22, 1949

The China Issue

A secret North Korean intelligence file on developments in the Chinese Civil War.

March 09, 1963

Letter to Walter Ulbricht on the Brazilian Communist Party

An official in the GDR Foreign Policy and International Relations department reports on a meeting with General Secretary of the Communist Party of Brazil, Comrade Luis Carlos …

October 28, 1963

Letter from Johann Lorenz Schmidt to Walter Ulbricht on Brazil

Johann Lorenz Schmidt reports on meetings with General Secretary of the Brazilian Communist Party, Luis Carlos Prestes, during which they discussed the strong Chinese influence in …

July 08, 1988

Proposals of the Central Committee of the Romanian Communist Party on Improving the Organization and Democratizing the Activities of the Warsaw Pact Organs

Romanian proposal for reforms and reorganization of the Political Consultative Committee of the Warsaw Pact.

August 24, 1989

Information of the Romanian Embassy in Budapest to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 1415 hrs

A Romanian official at the Embassy in Budapest reports on the Hungarian response to Ceaușescu's 19 August 1989 appeal regarding the situation in Poland.

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NORTH KOREAN PUBLIC DIPLOMACY

Throughout the 1970s, North Korea waged an intensive diplomatic campaign to attract new supporters abroad, including in the United States.

PURGES IN 1950S CHINA

Political purges were a common phenomenon in 1950s China. This collection focuses on the so-called Gao Gang and Rao Shushi Affair.

END OF THE COLD WAR

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

INTER-KOREAN RELATIONS

Explore all of our documents on inter-Korean relations in one comprehensive collection.

SINO-SOVIET SPLIT, 1960-1984

After 1960, the division between China and the Soviet Union developed into an open split, fracturing the unity of the communist bloc.

SINO-JAPANESE RELATIONS

Once war time enemies, relations between China and Japan were often quite cordial during the Cold War.

NORTH KOREAN PUBLIC DIPLOMACY

Throughout the 1970s, North Korea waged an intensive diplomatic campaign to attract new supporters abroad, including in the United States.

PURGES IN 1950S CHINA

Political purges were a common phenomenon in 1950s China. This collection focuses on the so-called Gao Gang and Rao Shushi Affair.

END OF THE COLD WAR

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

INTER-KOREAN RELATIONS

Explore all of our documents on inter-Korean relations in one comprehensive collection.

SINO-SOVIET SPLIT, 1960-1984

After 1960, the division between China and the Soviet Union developed into an open split, fracturing the unity of the communist bloc.

SINO-JAPANESE RELATIONS

Once war time enemies, relations between China and Japan were often quite cordial during the Cold War.

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]

Explore
themes

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

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FROM THE
WILSON CENTER

Forecasting Nuclear War

Between 1981 and 1989 the foreign intelligence branches of the Soviet KGB and the East German Ministry of State Security launched a combined effort to develop a system for detecting signs of an impending western nuclear first strike.

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).

TWITTER

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#OnThisDay in '80, Soviet CC decision in support of People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan. http://t.co/BIedCTgPHe #coldwarhist

Join our friends in @NPIHP tomorrow (1/28) at 2PM for "Australia and the Bomb." For more details and to RSVP, visit: http://t.co/YUa3ecPK1k

#OnThisDay in '62, Soviet Amb describes meeting with Gupta, Secretary of the Communist Party of India. http://t.co/zzzIfK4VnJ #coldwarhist

#OnThisDayin '68, Castro's secret speech to Cuban CC on friendship with USSR in wake of Missile Crisis. http://t.co/pccJ3MeywY #coldwarhist