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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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April 02, 1974

Conversation with Khieu Samphan and Ieng Sary, Leader and Deputy Leader of the Delegation of the National United Front and the Royal Government of National Union of Cambodia

Mao talks with with Khieu Samphan, Ieng Sary, and Prince Sihanouk. They discuss the civil war in Cambodia, the leading political figures in that country, and China's …

October 11, 1958

File Note of Department IV Director Łobodycz

Polish Department IV director reports on the opinion of Pitterman, the deputy chancellor of Austria, on the Rapacki Plan. Pittermann recognizes the moral significance of the plan, …

May 09, 1959

Code Message No. 4513 from J. Winiewicz to the Chiefs of All Diplomatic Posts

Deputy Minister Winiewicz instructs chiefs of all diplomatic posts on how to respond to questions about the Rapacki Plan. He confirms that they will uphold the Rapacki Plan, but …

March 03, 1959

Code Message No. 2598 from Ambassador Dorsz in Ankara to Rodziński

Code message from Ambassador Dorosz to Rodziński regarding the Foreign Minister of Turkey's first official statement on the Rapacki Plan. Dorosz notes Turkey's lack of …

May 17, 1958

A. Rapacki, 'Record of Conversation with the Ambassador of Great Britain, on May 17, 1958'

Record of a conversation during which British Ambassador Berthoud presents Rapacki with a British note in response to the Polish memo on the Rapacki Plan.

January 10, 1958

Code Message No. 269 from Korolcyzk to Gede (Moscow), Willmann (Budapest), Mazur (Prague), and Zambrowics (Bucharest)

The Polish Foreign Ministry informs its diplomats in Moscow, Budapest, Prague, and Bucharest about the French Prime Minister's interview criticizing the Rapacki Plan.

April 02, 1974

Conversation with Khieu Samphan and Ieng Sary, Leader and Deputy Leader of the Delegation of the National United Front and the Royal Government of National Union of Cambodia

Mao talks with with Khieu Samphan, Ieng Sary, and Prince Sihanouk. They discuss the civil war in Cambodia, the leading political figures in that country, and China's …

October 11, 1958

File Note of Department IV Director Łobodycz

Polish Department IV director reports on the opinion of Pitterman, the deputy chancellor of Austria, on the Rapacki Plan. Pittermann recognizes the moral significance of the plan, …

May 09, 1959

Code Message No. 4513 from J. Winiewicz to the Chiefs of All Diplomatic Posts

Deputy Minister Winiewicz instructs chiefs of all diplomatic posts on how to respond to questions about the Rapacki Plan. He confirms that they will uphold the Rapacki Plan, but …

March 03, 1959

Code Message No. 2598 from Ambassador Dorsz in Ankara to Rodziński

Code message from Ambassador Dorosz to Rodziński regarding the Foreign Minister of Turkey's first official statement on the Rapacki Plan. Dorosz notes Turkey's lack of …

May 17, 1958

A. Rapacki, 'Record of Conversation with the Ambassador of Great Britain, on May 17, 1958'

Record of a conversation during which British Ambassador Berthoud presents Rapacki with a British note in response to the Polish memo on the Rapacki Plan.

January 10, 1958

Code Message No. 269 from Korolcyzk to Gede (Moscow), Willmann (Budapest), Mazur (Prague), and Zambrowics (Bucharest)

The Polish Foreign Ministry informs its diplomats in Moscow, Budapest, Prague, and Bucharest about the French Prime Minister's interview criticizing the Rapacki Plan.

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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.

SOVIET INVASION OF AFGHANISTAN

In December 1979, the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in response to a revolt against the Soviet-backed government.

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.

CONVERSATIONS WITH ZHOU ENLAI

Zhou Enlai, China's first foreign minister and longtime premier, shaped and influenced Chinese foreign policy from 1949 through 1976.

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.

SOVIET INVASION OF AFGHANISTAN

In December 1979, the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in response to a revolt against the Soviet-backed government.

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.

CONVERSATIONS WITH ZHOU ENLAI

Zhou Enlai, China's first foreign minister and longtime premier, shaped and influenced Chinese foreign policy from 1949 through 1976.

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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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.

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