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Digital Archive International History Declassified


  • December 13, 1988

    Letter from V. Cherbikov to Gen. D. Stoyanov Regarding Glen Souther – a KGB agent

  • December 13, 1988

    Telegram by Ambassador Vanni D'Archirafi to Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 'NATO Ministerial meeting in the light of Gorbachev's announcement to the United Nations - West Germany's assessments'

    The telegram decribes West Germany's reactions on Gorbachev's December 7, 1988 address at the UN where he announces drastic changes in Soviet foreign and security policy.

  • December 15, 1988

    Memorandum of a Conversation between Erich Honecker and Yasser Arafat in Berlin

    The conversation focuses on the PLO's recent attempts to reach an agreement concerning the conflict in the Middle East. Arafat informs Honecker about his efforts to gain support for his initiative from the US and other countries.

  • December 17, 1988

    Memorandum of Conversation between Fidel Castro and José Eduardo dos Santos

    José Eduardo dos Santos was the president of Angola.

  • December 20, 1988

    Basic Contents of the Meeting of the Working Group on Peace Treaty Issues, Tokyo

    Basic contents of the meeting of the working group on peace treaty issues, Tokyo, regarding the Kurile and Sakhalin islands and territorial disputes

  • December 23, 1988

    Diary of Teimuraz Stepanov-Mamaladze on a meeting between Eduard Shevardnadze and North Korean Foreign Minister Kim Yong-nam

    Kim reacts to news that the socialist countries will establish diplomatic relations with South Korea.

  • December 26, 1988

    Letter from Ahmad Shah Masoud to the Soviet Chief Military Adviser

    This document is a letter from Ahmad Shah Masoud his attitude toward the Soviet's military involvement in Afghanistan.

  • December 26, 1988

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

    The CPSU Central Committee discusses the Socialist countries' lack of response to an International Labor Organization (ILO) questionnaire on conversion of the defense industry and suggests government offices to review the questions and submit possible answers to the Central Committee.

  • December 27, 1988

    Minutes of the Meeting of the Politburo of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU CC), (Excerpts)

    Minutes of the Meeting of the Politburo of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU CC), (Excerpts) regarding the change of presidency from Reagan to Bush, defense issues and international opinion of the imminent collapse of the Soviet Union

  • 1989

    Note by Lech Walesa Regarding Further Procedure of Talks

    Note by Lech Walesa regarding further procedure of talks including questions of size of groups and representation for the Roundtable talks as well as a proposal for an agenda for the working groups

  • January 01, 1989

    A January 1989 USSR Council of Ministers Instruction

    A decision authorizing military aid, totaling 6 million Soviet rubles.

  • 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 India.

  • January, 1989

    Programme for Promoting Nuclear Non-Proliferation, Newsbrief, Number 4

    A compilation of the latest news, events, and publications related to nuclear weapons and nuclear non-proliferation. The “Newsbrief” was produced by the PPNN and personally edited by Ben Sanders.

  • January, 1989

    Najibullah Assessment of the 'Ahmad Shah Problem'

    Najibullah assesses the threat posed by opposition leader Ahmad Shah Masoud.

  • 1989

    Information on the Order of Implementing Military Technical Cooperation of the USSR with Foreign Countries

    List of responsibilities allocated to the USSR Council of Ministers, CPSU Central Committee, Ministry of Foreign Economic Connections, and other relevant ministries on issues relating to the implementation of military technical cooperation between the USSR and foreign countries.

  • January, 1989

    Memo Regarding the Issue of the Lease of a Soviet Nuclear Submarine to India

    This document discusses potential political repercussions of the Soviet Union's lease of a nuclear submarine to India vis-a-vis Pakistan and the USSR's global status.

  • 1989

    Conversion of the Workforce Engaged in the Defense Industry and Related Areas

    List of survey questions intended to help the International Labour Organization (ILO) determine possibilities for conversion of the workforce engaged in the defense industry as well as the broader implications of decreasing military expenditures.

  • 1989

    Concept Paper on Military Cooperation with Foreign (Non-Socialist) Countries for the Period 1990-1995

    This concept paper addresses the need to base decisions about the nature of military cooperation on the Soviet Union’s long term goal of ending the arms race and moving toward disarmament. It also details how this decision-making should look in specific developing countries in which the Soviet Union has an interest.

  • 1989

    Defense Intelligence Agency Briefing, 'The 1987-88 Combat in Southern Angola: Lessons Learned'

    Analysis of the military campaign waged in Southern Angola in 1987-88 as well as the lessons learned from this exchange. Document indicates that FAPLA failed to learn from its mistakes, while UNITA adapted much more effectively to the combat environment it faced in Angola. Although FAPLA managed to hold on to Cuito Cuanavale, its large losses led to a Cuban build-up in Southern Angola, which challenged the existing military balance in the region. This provided new impetus to peace negotiations and resulted in the December 1988 Accords among South Africa, Angola and Cuba.

  • 1989

    Meeting between Saddam and Senior Iraqi Officials Discussing the Execution of British Journalist Farzad Bazoft, Modifications to Iraq's Constitution, and an Israeli Attack on Iraq's Nuclear Reactor

    Transcript of a meeting between Saddam Hussein and his officials to discuss changes to the Iraqi constitution. Also includes discussion about British Journalist Farzad Bazoft who was arrested as an Iranian spy working for Israel and Britain.