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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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March 03, 1989

Record of Conversation Between M.S. Gorbachev and Member of the Central Committee of the Hungarian Socialist Workers’ Party, Chairman of Council of Ministers of the People’s Republic of Hungary Miklos Nemeth

Conversation between Gorbachev and Nemeth regarding the priorities of the Central Committee of the Hungarian Socialist Workers' Party.

April, 1989

Central Intelligence Agency, 'Rising Political Instability Under Gorbachev: Understanding the Problem and Prospects for Resolution: An Intelligence Assessment'

An analysis of the mounting dysfunction and political instability within the Soviet Union.

February 17, 1986

Washington, DC to Department of External Affairs (Canada), 'Alliance Problems Over INF'

In a flurry of cables from February 1986, Canadian assessments focused on a chronic issue within NATO: in consultation within the alliance. The Special Consultative Group was used…

February 19, 1986

Brussels–NATO (BNATO) to Department of External Affairs (Canada), 'Alliance Problems Over INF'

In a flurry of cables from February 1986, Canadian assessments focused on a chronic issue within NATO: consultation within the alliance. As this dispatch from Brussels concluded, …

February 27, 1986

Brussels to Department of External Affairs (Canada), 'Zero Option and the Europeans'

Canadian officials warned of disagreement to come between the Europeans and the Americans over the “zero option,” the longstanding proposal to reduce both US and Soviet INF to …

May 06, 1989

Memorandum of Vadim Zagladin to Gorbachev

Memorandum from Zagladin to Gorbachev on Zagladin's recent trip to Czechoslovakia, in preparation for Gorbachev's upcoming trip there.

March 03, 1989

Record of Conversation Between M.S. Gorbachev and Member of the Central Committee of the Hungarian Socialist Workers’ Party, Chairman of Council of Ministers of the People’s Republic of Hungary Miklos Nemeth

Conversation between Gorbachev and Nemeth regarding the priorities of the Central Committee of the Hungarian Socialist Workers' Party.

April, 1989

Central Intelligence Agency, 'Rising Political Instability Under Gorbachev: Understanding the Problem and Prospects for Resolution: An Intelligence Assessment'

An analysis of the mounting dysfunction and political instability within the Soviet Union.

February 17, 1986

Washington, DC to Department of External Affairs (Canada), 'Alliance Problems Over INF'

In a flurry of cables from February 1986, Canadian assessments focused on a chronic issue within NATO: in consultation within the alliance. The Special Consultative Group was used…

February 19, 1986

Brussels–NATO (BNATO) to Department of External Affairs (Canada), 'Alliance Problems Over INF'

In a flurry of cables from February 1986, Canadian assessments focused on a chronic issue within NATO: consultation within the alliance. As this dispatch from Brussels concluded, …

February 27, 1986

Brussels to Department of External Affairs (Canada), 'Zero Option and the Europeans'

Canadian officials warned of disagreement to come between the Europeans and the Americans over the “zero option,” the longstanding proposal to reduce both US and Soviet INF to …

May 06, 1989

Memorandum of Vadim Zagladin to Gorbachev

Memorandum from Zagladin to Gorbachev on Zagladin's recent trip to Czechoslovakia, in preparation for Gorbachev's upcoming trip there.

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TAIWAN’S COLD WAR IN SOUTHEAST ASIA

Documents on Taiwan's efforts to engage non-communist states in Southeast Asia in the 1970s and 1980s.

SOVIET UNION AND THE OLYMPICS

The Soviet Union joined the International Olympic Committee only in 1951, but went on to dominate the games along with its rival, the United States.

CUBAN FOREIGN RELATIONS

Documents on Cuban's international relations, focusing on it's relationship with the Soviet Union, China and the United States.

FOUNDATIONS OF CHINESE FOREIGN POLICY

The texts which have defined the foreign policy of the People's Republic of China.

ORIGINS OF BRAZIL-ARGENTINA NUCLEAR COOPERATION

The origins of nuclear cooperation between Argentina and Brazil from the 1960s onwards.

END OF THE COLD WAR

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

TAIWAN’S COLD WAR IN SOUTHEAST ASIA

Documents on Taiwan's efforts to engage non-communist states in Southeast Asia in the 1970s and 1980s.

SOVIET UNION AND THE OLYMPICS

The Soviet Union joined the International Olympic Committee only in 1951, but went on to dominate the games along with its rival, the United States.

CUBAN FOREIGN RELATIONS

Documents on Cuban's international relations, focusing on it's relationship with the Soviet Union, China and the United States.

FOUNDATIONS OF CHINESE FOREIGN POLICY

The texts which have defined the foreign policy of the People's Republic of China.

ORIGINS OF BRAZIL-ARGENTINA NUCLEAR COOPERATION

The origins of nuclear cooperation between Argentina and Brazil from the 1960s onwards.

END OF THE COLD WAR

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

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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themes

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FROM THE
WILSON CENTER

Researching the People’s Republic of China

Based on experiences at 25 different Chinese archives, Charles Kraus offers an in-depth overview of researching the history of the People's Republic of China.

Taiwan’s Cold War in Southeast Asia

Hsiao-ting Lin reveals that Nationalist China’s top leaders believed ingraining anticommunism into the souls of their Southeast Asian neighbors was vital to Taiwan’s international security.

Introducing 'Sources and Methods'

Sources and Methods is a new platform that showcases fresh archival evidence and presents new insights into contemporary international history

TWITTER

Czech historian Oldrich Tuma talks about Emil Zátopek and sport in Czechoslovakia https://t.co/PeZKgeKciT #ColdWarSport #SportsHistory

RT @SportandCulture: Have you heard ‘Episode 21 - Sport and Apartheid in South Africa’ by Sport in the Cold War on #SoundCloud? #np https:/…

Canada participates in many international organizations, and membership translates into archival records: https://t.co/iYB8HKJ1ou

How an alleged "tacit agreement" over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands from 1972 irritates Sino-Japanese relations today https://t.co/T1ql8Mcooc

Yogesh Joshi @yogeshjoshi1112: "Debating the Nuclear Legacy of India and One of its Great Cold War Strategists" https://t.co/n91YN5S0QQ