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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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December 25, 1954

Cable from the Chinese Foreign Ministry, 'Regarding Our Attitude towards the Afro-Asian Conference'

The Chinese Foreign Ministry informed Chinese embassies overseas that China supported the Asian-African Conference as well as the participation of the countries with whom China had…

December 15, 1955

Letter from Prime Minister Sastroamidjojo to Premier Zhou Enlai

The Indonesian Prime Minister invited China to participate in the Asian-African Conference and discussed some logistics matters.

May 23, 1955

Cable from the Chinese Embassy in Indonesia, 'Indonesia Invites China to Review the Achievements of the Asian-African Conference'

The Chinese Embassy in Jakarta asks for instructions regarding an invitation for the Chinese ambassador to deliver a speech on the Bandung Conference over Indonesian radio.

December 20, 1954

Cable from Huang Zhen, 'The Prime Ministers of India and Other Countries are Going to Jakarta to attend the Bogor Conference'

Report on plans for the Bogor Conference, including arrival dates of Prime Minister Nehru and other Indian officials, and the mass assembly on the 30th.

May 17, 1945

Special Report from General-Major Yegnarov to USSR People’s Commissar of Internal Affairs, General Commissar of State Security, Cde. L.P. Beria

General Yegnarov reports on the Ili rebel army's capture of 220 Chinese troops and their cache of weapons in Torgustay and a subsequent rebel seizure of Chinese weapons in …

May 11, 1945

Letter from L. Beria to Cde. I.V. Stalin

Molotov reports that he is sending Stalin a letter from Alihan Tore Shakirjan, the Chairman of the Provisional Government of East Turkestan.

December 25, 1954

Cable from the Chinese Foreign Ministry, 'Regarding Our Attitude towards the Afro-Asian Conference'

The Chinese Foreign Ministry informed Chinese embassies overseas that China supported the Asian-African Conference as well as the participation of the countries with whom China had…

December 15, 1955

Letter from Prime Minister Sastroamidjojo to Premier Zhou Enlai

The Indonesian Prime Minister invited China to participate in the Asian-African Conference and discussed some logistics matters.

May 23, 1955

Cable from the Chinese Embassy in Indonesia, 'Indonesia Invites China to Review the Achievements of the Asian-African Conference'

The Chinese Embassy in Jakarta asks for instructions regarding an invitation for the Chinese ambassador to deliver a speech on the Bandung Conference over Indonesian radio.

December 20, 1954

Cable from Huang Zhen, 'The Prime Ministers of India and Other Countries are Going to Jakarta to attend the Bogor Conference'

Report on plans for the Bogor Conference, including arrival dates of Prime Minister Nehru and other Indian officials, and the mass assembly on the 30th.

May 17, 1945

Special Report from General-Major Yegnarov to USSR People’s Commissar of Internal Affairs, General Commissar of State Security, Cde. L.P. Beria

General Yegnarov reports on the Ili rebel army's capture of 220 Chinese troops and their cache of weapons in Torgustay and a subsequent rebel seizure of Chinese weapons in …

May 11, 1945

Letter from L. Beria to Cde. I.V. Stalin

Molotov reports that he is sending Stalin a letter from Alihan Tore Shakirjan, the Chairman of the Provisional Government of East Turkestan.

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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.

SINO-JAPANESE RELATIONS

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

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.

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]

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

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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

For more on Warsaw Pact, explore our collection of primary docs from 1955-1988: http://t.co/9iIhfdzPGe #coldwarhist http://t.co/XbcyfJt6Lz

Note: It's not completely clear if this is the April 1950 meeting in Moscow, it's undated in original. #coldwarhist http://t.co/71hM5fJb8p

Read convo here: http://t.co/71hM5fJb8p MT @StatTrade: #otd in 1950 Kim Il Sung comes to Moscow to plan the invasion of S Korea #coldwarhist

1988: Romania calls for conditions leading to the "simultaneous dissolution of NATO and the Warsaw Pact" http://t.co/KQaekjx3ju #coldwarhist

#OTD in '91 Warsaw Pact officially dissolves, ending USSR military alliance w Eastern European bloc. #coldwarhist http://t.co/zTUNT9QV9L