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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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October 29, 1964

Conversation Record of Premier Zhou Enlai’s Meeting with the Five Ambassadors and Charge d'affaires of Vietnam, Romania, Albania, Cuba, and Korea

Zhou Enlai evaluates Nikita Khrushchev's dismissal as Secretary of Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

July 09, 1962

Cable from the Chinese Foreign Ministry, 'Please Report on the Situation of the Investigation of the Automobiles of the Soviet Consulates'

The Chinese Foreign Ministry asks for information on the movements of Soviet owned automobiles in Xinjiang.

July 11, 1962

Cable from the Xinjiang Foreign Affairs Office, 'Re: Situation of the Investigation of the Automobiles of the Soviet Consulates'

The Xinjiang Foreign Affairs Office follows up on an order to monitor the movements of Soviet automobiles.

April 28, 1965

Record of Telephone Conversation, 'Xinjiang’s Plan to Hold an Exhibition of Evidence against the Soviet Revisionists'

Chinese officials decide not to lend "original evidence" of the Soviet Union's subversive activities to the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

December 12, 1964

Cable from the Foreign Cultural Liaison Committee, ‘Regarding the Issue of Sending Experts in Woodcarving and Ivory to Mali’

The Foreign Cultural Liaison Committee decides that Chinese experts in Mali must be both politically reliable and technically skilled.

December 18, 1964

Cable from the Foreign Cultural Liaison Committee, ‘Regarding the Matter of Sending Experts in Woodcarving and Ivory'

The Foreign Cultural Liaison Committee issues instructions on the Chinese experts about to be dispatched to Mali.

October 29, 1964

Conversation Record of Premier Zhou Enlai’s Meeting with the Five Ambassadors and Charge d'affaires of Vietnam, Romania, Albania, Cuba, and Korea

Zhou Enlai evaluates Nikita Khrushchev's dismissal as Secretary of Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

July 09, 1962

Cable from the Chinese Foreign Ministry, 'Please Report on the Situation of the Investigation of the Automobiles of the Soviet Consulates'

The Chinese Foreign Ministry asks for information on the movements of Soviet owned automobiles in Xinjiang.

July 11, 1962

Cable from the Xinjiang Foreign Affairs Office, 'Re: Situation of the Investigation of the Automobiles of the Soviet Consulates'

The Xinjiang Foreign Affairs Office follows up on an order to monitor the movements of Soviet automobiles.

April 28, 1965

Record of Telephone Conversation, 'Xinjiang’s Plan to Hold an Exhibition of Evidence against the Soviet Revisionists'

Chinese officials decide not to lend "original evidence" of the Soviet Union's subversive activities to the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

December 12, 1964

Cable from the Foreign Cultural Liaison Committee, ‘Regarding the Issue of Sending Experts in Woodcarving and Ivory to Mali’

The Foreign Cultural Liaison Committee decides that Chinese experts in Mali must be both politically reliable and technically skilled.

December 18, 1964

Cable from the Foreign Cultural Liaison Committee, ‘Regarding the Matter of Sending Experts in Woodcarving and Ivory'

The Foreign Cultural Liaison Committee issues instructions on the Chinese experts about to be dispatched to Mali.

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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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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 1964 Barry Goldwater suggests using nuclear weapons on North Vietnam. #coldwarhist http://t.co/d90qYSrbas

#OTD in '86 report warns of Chernobyl radiation "dangerous to the health of the population" http://t.co/sQm5xiwp3J http://t.co/jx9FKXk3he

CIA did have link to RFE, but had been severed 12 years earlier.

#OTD in '83 Polish intel (mistakenly) reports CIA link to Radio Free Europe: http://t.co/jLbL8yHIUj #coldwarhist http://t.co/AOWeDZwO5C

#OnThisDay in 1949 the Federal Republic of Germany officially established; Germany split for next 41 yrs #coldwarhist http://t.co/j5BnkrRHTb