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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. The Digital Archive is overseen by the Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program and focuses on the interrelated histories of the Cold War, Korea, and Nuclear Proliferation. [Read more]

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February 23, 1989

Czechoslovakia: Conviction of Havel Isolates Regime

An analysis of the conviction of Vaclav Havel, including its political and diplomatic implications.

March 24, 1989

Hungary: Workers Granted Right to Strike

An analysis of new legislation in Hungary and its reflection of the regime's weakness.

April 22, 1989

Hungary: Leadership Proposes Sweeping Reforms

An analysis of Hungarian Politburo actions that reduce Party control over politics and the economy.

April 22, 1989

Hungary: Reformers Pushing Economic Ties to West

An analysis of the creation of a Hungarian economic advisory committee that seeks to expand ties with the West.

April 26, 1989

Hungary: Grosz Increasingly Isolated

An analysis of the future of the Hungarian political system and its principle actors.

May 18, 1989

Poland: Catholic Church Legalized

An analysis of the Catholic Church's legalization as an effort to boost the Party's popular support.

February 23, 1989

Czechoslovakia: Conviction of Havel Isolates Regime

An analysis of the conviction of Vaclav Havel, including its political and diplomatic implications.

March 24, 1989

Hungary: Workers Granted Right to Strike

An analysis of new legislation in Hungary and its reflection of the regime's weakness.

April 22, 1989

Hungary: Leadership Proposes Sweeping Reforms

An analysis of Hungarian Politburo actions that reduce Party control over politics and the economy.

April 22, 1989

Hungary: Reformers Pushing Economic Ties to West

An analysis of the creation of a Hungarian economic advisory committee that seeks to expand ties with the West.

April 26, 1989

Hungary: Grosz Increasingly Isolated

An analysis of the future of the Hungarian political system and its principle actors.

May 18, 1989

Poland: Catholic Church Legalized

An analysis of the Catholic Church's legalization as an effort to boost the Party's popular support.

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CIA REPORTS ON THE COLLAPSE OF COMMUNISM IN EUROPE

This collection contains Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) analysis on developments in Eastern and Central Europe from 1989-1990.

END OF THE COLD WAR

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

CHERNOBYL NUCLEAR ACCIDENT, 1986

Soviet and Ukrainian records shed light on the lead-up to the Chernobyl disaster, the days of the accident, and the aftermath thereof.

RAPACKI PLAN

On October 2, 1957, Polish Foreign Minister Adam Rapacki proposed the denuclearization of Central Europe.

EMIR FARID CHEHAB COLLECTION

Emir Farid Hares Chehab held many of the most politically sensitive positions in Lebanon from 1943 to the early 1970s.

NORTH KOREAN NUCLEAR HISTORY

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

CIA REPORTS ON THE COLLAPSE OF COMMUNISM IN EUROPE

This collection contains Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) analysis on developments in Eastern and Central Europe from 1989-1990.

END OF THE COLD WAR

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

CHERNOBYL NUCLEAR ACCIDENT, 1986

Soviet and Ukrainian records shed light on the lead-up to the Chernobyl disaster, the days of the accident, and the aftermath thereof.

RAPACKI PLAN

On October 2, 1957, Polish Foreign Minister Adam Rapacki proposed the denuclearization of Central Europe.

EMIR FARID CHEHAB COLLECTION

Emir Farid Hares Chehab held many of the most politically sensitive positions in Lebanon from 1943 to the early 1970s.

NORTH KOREAN NUCLEAR HISTORY

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

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. The Digital Archive is overseen by the Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program and focuses 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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FROM THE
WILSON CENTER

Cold War International History Project

The Cold War International History Project supports the full and prompt release of historical materials by governments on all sides of the Cold War.

Nuclear Proliferation Int'l History Project

A global network of individuals and institutions engaged in the study of international nuclear history.

North Korea International Documentation Project

An informational clearinghouse on North Korea for both the scholarly and policymaking communities that disseminates newly declassified documents on the DPRK.

TWITTER

63 years later, documents highlight the distance between Imre Nagy and Moscow during the 1956 Hungarian Revolution:… https://t.co/hvqhJuswNb

RT @TheWilsonCenter: EVENT: Fearing the Worst: How Korea Transformed the Cold War 🗓️ Date: Tuesday, December 3 🕒 Time: 4:00 p.m. 📍Location…

RT @RyanAMusto: Yesterday marked the 60th anniversary of the Antarctic Treaty 🇦🇶, which demilitarized the continent and made it the first d…

RT @TheWilsonCenter: EVENT: Fearing the Worst: How Korea Transformed the Cold War 🗓️ Date: Tuesday, December 3 🕒 Time: 4:00 p.m. — 5:30 p.m…

New paper from Chen Jian: "From Mao to Deng: China’s Changing Relations with the United States" https://t.co/mLQF3189xq