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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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October 11, 1986

CPSU Central Committee, 'On Military Technical Cooperation with Foreign Countries'

The CPSU Central Committee reports on key considerations for improving Soviet leadership in defense and industry in the context of military technical cooperation with foreign …

January 11, 1989

CPSU Central Committee Resolution, 'On an Answer to an Address from the International Organization of Labor on Questions of Conversion and Defense Industry and Related Areas'

The CPSU Central Committee directs relevant departments in the Soviet government to review questions from the International Labor Organization on conversion in the defense …

June 23, 1986

CPSU Central Committee Resolution, 'On the Conception of Military Cooperation with Foreign Countries (Except for Socialist countries)'

The CPSU Central Committee approves a proposal on military cooperation with non-socialist countries.

May 22, 1989

G. Berdennikov, 'Information on Agreement of the Draft CPSU Central Committee Resolution "On a Conception of Military Cooperation with (Non-Socialist) Foreign Countries"'

List of CPSU Central Committee members approving the draft of a resolution "On a conception of military cooperation with (non-Socialist) foreign countries."

1989

Letter from Rajiv Gandhi to M. S. Gorbachev

Letter from Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi to Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev asking him to personally intervene on behalf of a project to create an atomic submarine in …

October 27, 1989

Letter from Rajiv Gandhi to M. S. Gorbachev (Edited)

Letter from Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi to Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev asking him to personally intervene on behalf of a project to create an atomic submarine in …

October 11, 1986

CPSU Central Committee, 'On Military Technical Cooperation with Foreign Countries'

The CPSU Central Committee reports on key considerations for improving Soviet leadership in defense and industry in the context of military technical cooperation with foreign …

January 11, 1989

CPSU Central Committee Resolution, 'On an Answer to an Address from the International Organization of Labor on Questions of Conversion and Defense Industry and Related Areas'

The CPSU Central Committee directs relevant departments in the Soviet government to review questions from the International Labor Organization on conversion in the defense …

June 23, 1986

CPSU Central Committee Resolution, 'On the Conception of Military Cooperation with Foreign Countries (Except for Socialist countries)'

The CPSU Central Committee approves a proposal on military cooperation with non-socialist countries.

May 22, 1989

G. Berdennikov, 'Information on Agreement of the Draft CPSU Central Committee Resolution "On a Conception of Military Cooperation with (Non-Socialist) Foreign Countries"'

List of CPSU Central Committee members approving the draft of a resolution "On a conception of military cooperation with (non-Socialist) foreign countries."

1989

Letter from Rajiv Gandhi to M. S. Gorbachev

Letter from Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi to Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev asking him to personally intervene on behalf of a project to create an atomic submarine in …

October 27, 1989

Letter from Rajiv Gandhi to M. S. Gorbachev (Edited)

Letter from Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi to Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev asking him to personally intervene on behalf of a project to create an atomic submarine in …

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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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