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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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March 11, 1954

Telegram, Zhou Enlai to Ho Chi Minh (excerpt)

Telegram from Zhou Enlai to Ho Chi Minh encouraging him to send a delegation to attend the Geneva Conference. According to Zhou Enlai important decisions will be made in Geneva, …

December 05, 1989

Record of Conversation between M. S. Gorbachev and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the FRG H.-D. Genscher

Record of a conversation between M.S. Gorbachev and H.D. Genscher discussing Helmut Kohl's Ten Points. Genscher expresses interest in negotiating with FRG and passing reforms …

March 28, 1963

Letter from Velebil to 2nd Department of the 1st Directorate, 'Abstract from the Telegram no. 80 from Havana from 25 March 1963'

Message regarding a Soviet telegram to the Czechoslovak intelligence service. The Soviets or "friends" want to establish a trade mission in British Guiana and ask if …

October 12, 1982

File Annotation: 'On the State of British Guiana'

Annotation on a Czechoslovak intelligence file on British Guiana noting it was closed in 1963.

June 23, 1965

Final Report, File Number 1667

Final Report on the closing of the Czechoslovak intelligence file 1667 on British Guiana.

December 02, 1960

Letter to Czechoslovak Embassy in Moscow on Moses Bhagwan of the People's Progressive Party of British Guiana

Request for consultation with the Central Committee of the Soviet Communist Party regarding a visit to Czechoslovakia by Moses Bhagwan, a journalist and member of the People's…

March 11, 1954

Telegram, Zhou Enlai to Ho Chi Minh (excerpt)

Telegram from Zhou Enlai to Ho Chi Minh encouraging him to send a delegation to attend the Geneva Conference. According to Zhou Enlai important decisions will be made in Geneva, …

December 05, 1989

Record of Conversation between M. S. Gorbachev and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the FRG H.-D. Genscher

Record of a conversation between M.S. Gorbachev and H.D. Genscher discussing Helmut Kohl's Ten Points. Genscher expresses interest in negotiating with FRG and passing reforms …

March 28, 1963

Letter from Velebil to 2nd Department of the 1st Directorate, 'Abstract from the Telegram no. 80 from Havana from 25 March 1963'

Message regarding a Soviet telegram to the Czechoslovak intelligence service. The Soviets or "friends" want to establish a trade mission in British Guiana and ask if …

October 12, 1982

File Annotation: 'On the State of British Guiana'

Annotation on a Czechoslovak intelligence file on British Guiana noting it was closed in 1963.

June 23, 1965

Final Report, File Number 1667

Final Report on the closing of the Czechoslovak intelligence file 1667 on British Guiana.

December 02, 1960

Letter to Czechoslovak Embassy in Moscow on Moses Bhagwan of the People's Progressive Party of British Guiana

Request for consultation with the Central Committee of the Soviet Communist Party regarding a visit to Czechoslovakia by Moses Bhagwan, a journalist and member of the People's…

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END OF THE COLD WAR

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

SINO-SOVIET SPLIT, 1960-1984

Documents on the growing division and worsening relations between China and the Soviet Union following 1960.

SINO-JAPANESE RELATIONS

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

VIETNAM WAR

This is a large collection of primary source documents all related to the the Vietnam War

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.

END OF THE COLD WAR

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

SINO-SOVIET SPLIT, 1960-1984

Documents on the growing division and worsening relations between China and the Soviet Union following 1960.

SINO-JAPANESE RELATIONS

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

VIETNAM WAR

This is a large collection of primary source documents all related to the the Vietnam War

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.

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

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FROM THE
WILSON CENTER

A “Diplomatic Nuclear Explosion”?

When France and the People’s Republic of China established diplomatic relations in January 1964, observers called the event a “diplomatic nuclear explosion," but the high hopes entertained for Sino-French relations never quite materialized during, undermined by China and France’s conflicting goals toward the Vietnam War and the turmoil associated with the Cultural Revolution.

Ukraine and the Budapest Memorandum

Mariana Budjeryn investigates the security assurances made by the United States and Russia to Ukraine after the fall of the Soviet Union to encourage Ukraine to ratify START I and return their entire nuclear arsenal to Russia for dismantling.

History of Vietnam's Southern Resistance

An online symposium reviewing the massive four volume collection Lịch sử Nam bộ kháng chiến (History of the Southern Resistance). Compiled and edited by a steering committee composed of high-ranking cadres and government officials, and a team of historians and party leaders, Lịch sử Nam bộ kháng chiến documents the resistance movement in South Vietnam from 1954 through 1975.

TWITTER

#OnThisDay in '56, Suslov & Mikoyan report on Budapest uprising & conflict between military & civilians. http://t.co/1J29PB0sNO #coldwarhist

#OnThisDay in '62, Brazilian & Mexican diplomats express opinions on Cuban crisis & US-Cuban tension. http://t.co/NsHKMFw5LJ #coldwarhist

"Italy would be 1st country in world to have regular relations with both Beijing and Taipei" http://t.co/ht6CXmNpMG http://t.co/pbS0TkOYrn

"China is evolving towards a less rigorous and more open stance towards the Western world" http://t.co/QLrh7eZkb2 http://t.co/03ssu0FJtB

Sino-Italian normalization "worked to mark the end of the bipolar era" http://t.co/lAUVHlTfS0