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Digital Archive International History Declassified


  • July, 1951

    Untitled report on Communist activities in Syria

    An Iraqi communist visits Beirut and Damascus, and several meetings are convened regarding Soviet engagement, including a meeting a democratic lawyers and Democratic Youth Conferences.

  • August 01, 1951

    Report about a Member of the Parti Populaire Syrien

    Report about the activities of a prominent member of the Parti Populaire Syrien (SSNP) during a trip to Damascus.

  • May 17, 1954

    Pacifist Celebration in Damascus

    Report on preparations for the fifth anniversary celebration of the foundation of the Pacifists in Damascus.

  • July 02, 1954

    A Parti Populaire Delegation in Damascus

    Plans for a delegation of members of the Parti Populaire Syrien in Lebanon to visit Damascus, dates when they are traveling to Syria and names of the members of the delegation.

  • March 31, 1955

    Conference of Intellectuals in Damascus

    Document provides an account of a conference on youth in Damascus, which groups attended it and the activities of those groups during and immediately after the conference.

  • 1956

    The Situation in Syria: Echoes of King Saud's Visit and its Reasons

    King Saud's visit to Syria sparks conversations among Syrian politicians regarding American involvement and the Fertile Crescent Project.

  • April 21, 1956

    King Hussein’s Visit to Damascus (Its Results)

    Jordanian leaders visit Damascus, yielding stronger ties that Jordan hopes will be useful in a future clash with the Israelis.

  • 1957

    Untitled report about meetings between Syrian officials and the Lebanese opposition

    Lebanese opposition and Syrian officials meet in Damascus to plan the removal of the Lebanese government from power.

  • June 17, 1958

    Untitled report on Soviet-Egyptian relations

    Account of Syrian Army meetings to discuss responses to Lebanon and the deployment of foreign troops.

  • June 20, 1967

    On Soviet Policy following the Israeli Aggression in the Middle East

    Polish document describing the speech given by Soviet Leader Leonid Brezhnev to the Plenum of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CC CPSU) on the actions undertaken by the Soviet leadership before and during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. Brezhnev tells the CC CPSU plenum that the Arab struggle in the Middle East has both a class struggle and a national liberation dimension. Brezhnev blames Israeli aggression for the start of the war and Arab blunders and low morale for the humiliating defeat of the UAR forces. Given the success of the Israeli Defense Forces, the Soviets were forced to consider diplomatic and political methods for saving the Arab leadership. When Israeli forces did not stop their aggression against Syria, threatening to overrun the Syrian capital of Damascus, Brezhnev claims tells the CC CPSU that Soviet leadership warned the Americans that the Soviet Army would have to intervene and, at the same time, threatened the Israeli that any further actions would result in Soviet involvement in the war. Brezhnev claims that, since the war ended just hours after the Soviets had made their threats, the imperialist powers acquiesced to Soviet demands. This documents is a translation of the version the Soviet leadership sent to the United Polish Workers’ Party for the information of the Polish leadership.

  • 1970

    The Secret Agreement between the Revolutionary Government in Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood

    Report on the Egyptian government's secret reconciliation with the Muslim Brotherhood.

  • December 26, 1970

    Untitled note from the Popular Front for the Liberation of the Arab Gulf

    The United Front for the Liberation of the Arabian Gulf decides to remove agents in several locations and to work to stop Abu Dhabi from interfering in the revolution in Dhafar.

  • January 16, 1971

    Meeting of Arab Communist Parties in Damascus

    Report on a conference of Arab Communist parties, held to discuss the political situation in the Middle East and a list of those in attendance.

  • 1975

    Adeeb al-Shishakli. Attempts to Stage Military Coups in Syria

    Description of Al-Shishakli's visits to Beirut and Damascus to organize a Syrian military coup and Chehab's ensuing meeting with the Prime Minister.

  • June 30, 1978

    TELEGRAM 032.460 from the Romanian Embassy in Damascus to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Romanian Embassy in Damascus reports on Pak Seong-cheol's plan to visit Syria.

  • 1980

    Adeeb al-Shishakli. Attempt to Organise a Military Coup in Syria

    Description of Adeeb al-Shishakli's visits to Lebanon and attempt to organize a military coup in Syria.

  • April 22, 1980

    Minutes of Conversation between Todor Zhivkov and Yasser Arafat, Damascus

    The two leaders discuss the situation in the Middle East, and the role of the superpowers - the US and the Soviet Union.

  • 1983

    The Secret Armenian Army

    Report on the Armenian Secret Army's locations across the Middle East, Europe, and other parts of the globe.