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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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November 12, 1966

From the Diary of Shcherbakov I.S., 'Record of Conversation with DRV Prime Minister Pham Van Dong, 2 November 1966'

I. Shcherbakov and Pham Van Dong discuss Soviet-Vietnamese relations, the last developments on the battlefield, and American "peace maneuvers."

August, 1949

Liu Shaoqi to Cde. G.M. Malenkov

Liu Shaoqi informs Malenkov that Deng Liqun will lead a team to the East Turkestan Republic and establish radio communication with Moscow and later with Peng Dehuai.

October 15, 1945

L. Beria to Cde. V.M. Molotov

Beria writes that Osman Batur does not intend to recognize the East Turkestan Republic. Instead, Osman will create an independent state in Altai, in part due to the support of …

August, 1949

Karsky to Cde. Miklashevsky

Moscow will assist Deng Liqun, a member of the Chinese Communist Party, with establishing radio contact after arriving in the East Turkestan Republic.

April 24, 1948

Excerpt on Xinjiang from Minutes No. 69 of the VKP(b) CC Politburo Meetings

The Soviet Politburo makes recommendations for governance and security in the East Turkestan Republic.

July, 1993

Statement on Security Guarantees to Ukraine

November 12, 1966

From the Diary of Shcherbakov I.S., 'Record of Conversation with DRV Prime Minister Pham Van Dong, 2 November 1966'

I. Shcherbakov and Pham Van Dong discuss Soviet-Vietnamese relations, the last developments on the battlefield, and American "peace maneuvers."

August, 1949

Liu Shaoqi to Cde. G.M. Malenkov

Liu Shaoqi informs Malenkov that Deng Liqun will lead a team to the East Turkestan Republic and establish radio communication with Moscow and later with Peng Dehuai.

October 15, 1945

L. Beria to Cde. V.M. Molotov

Beria writes that Osman Batur does not intend to recognize the East Turkestan Republic. Instead, Osman will create an independent state in Altai, in part due to the support of …

August, 1949

Karsky to Cde. Miklashevsky

Moscow will assist Deng Liqun, a member of the Chinese Communist Party, with establishing radio contact after arriving in the East Turkestan Republic.

April 24, 1948

Excerpt on Xinjiang from Minutes No. 69 of the VKP(b) CC Politburo Meetings

The Soviet Politburo makes recommendations for governance and security in the East Turkestan Republic.

July, 1993

Statement on Security Guarantees to Ukraine

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ARCHIVIO ANDREOTTI'S NATO SERIES

A collection of files broadly related to NATO affairs drawn from the archives of Giulio Andreotti.

EMIR FARID CHEHAB COLLECTION

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

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The Prague Spring represented a moment of liberalism and democratization in Czechoslovakia. It ended with the Soviet invasion in August 1968.

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Documents on the 20th-century competition for supremacy in spaceflight capacity between the United States and the Soviet Union.

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When North Korean troops invaded South Korea on June 25, 1950, the inter-Korean conflict entered its most bloody phase: the Korean War

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

Learn about specific topics and regions through essays, timelines and educational resources.

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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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