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Briefing Books

“Briefing Books” are one-stop resources covering a full range of topics in U.S. foreign policy. Containing from 5 to 100+ documents, each briefing book features an introductory essay, individual document descriptions, related photo or video content, plus links for further reading.

Aug 1, 2015 | Briefing Book
The Washington Post article "America classifies way too much information - and we are all less safe for it" By Tom Blanton July 31 at 8:06 PM Tom Blanton is director of the National Security Archive...
Jul 31, 2015 | Briefing Book
Washington D.C., July 31, 2015 – General Augusto Pinochet refused to accept a police report identifying his own military as responsible for burning two teenage protesters alive in July 1986,...
Jul 20, 2015 | Briefing Book
Washington, D.C., July 20, 2015 - Forty years ago this year, Congress’s first serious inquiry into CIA abuses faced many of the same political and bureaucratic obstructions as Senate investigators...
Jul 14, 2015 | Briefing Book
Washington, D.C., July 14, 2015 -- Four decades ago -- in the mid-1970s -- U.S.
Jul 6, 2015 | Briefing Book
Related Postings Torture Report Finally Released December 9, 2014 The Pentagon’s Counterspies September 17, 2007 The Interrogation Documents July 13, 2004   More Archive Resources on U.S....
Jul 1, 2015 | Briefing Book
IN THE NEWS International Decision-Making in the Age of Genocide: Srebrenica 1993-1995 "Critical Oral History" Conference Marks 20th Anniversary of Srebrenica Massacre.
Jun 29, 2015 | Briefing Book
Washington, D.C., June 29, 2015 – Long before Iran’s nuclear enrichment capabilities – based on gas centrifuge technology – became the center of international negotiations, the U.S. tried to deny...
May 29, 2015 | Briefing Book
Washington, D.C., May 29, 2015 — President Richard Nixon and his national security adviser Henry Kissinger believed they could compel "the other side" to back down during crises in the Middle East...
May 25, 2015 | Briefing Book
"Anatoly Chernyaev's diary is one of the great internal records of the Gorbachev years, a trove of irreplaceable observations about a turning point in history.
May 12, 2015 | Briefing Book
Related Links Migration Declassified The Archive's blog on Mexico, migration, and human rights "Mexican Authorities Implicated in Violence, but U.S. Security Aid Continues to Flow" By Cora Currier...
May 6, 2015 | Briefing Book
In the News La evolución del Cóndor Director del prestigioso Proyecto Documentación Cono Sur del Archivo de Seguridad Nacional en Washington, habló en el juicio en Buenos Aires.  Por Alejandra Dandan...
Apr 28, 2015 | Briefing Book
Washington, D.C., April 28, 2015 – President Lyndon Johnson regretted sending U.S.
Apr 24, 2015 | Briefing Book
Washington, D.C. April 24, 2015 - The nuclear inspection agency that is central to the current Iran negotiations is flunking international transparency norms, according to a report posted today by...
Apr 16, 2015 | Briefing Book
Washington, DC, April 16, 2015 – Newly declassified Clinton White House e-mails and notes detail a decisive U.S.
Apr 15, 2015 | Briefing Book
Washington, D.C., April 15, 2015 – The U.S. government first learned of Israel's secret nuclear program at Dimona from an American corporate official talking to U.S.
Apr 10, 2015 | Briefing Book
Washington, DC, April 10, 2015 – Furnishing cover stories for covert operations, monitoring Soviet missile tests, and supplying weather data to the U.S.
Apr 6, 2015 | Briefing Book
IN THE NEWS Exclusive: Rwanda Revisited By Colum Lynch, Foreign Policy, April 5, 2015 Declassified U.N. Cables Reveal Turning Point in Rwanda Crisis of 1994 By Mark Landler, The New York Times, June...
Mar 24, 2015 | Briefing Book
Washington, D.C., March 24, 2015 – A new scientific memoir by one of the few surviving participants in the U.S. H-bomb project provides fresh information and insights into the production of the world...
Mar 20, 2015 | Briefing Book
Washington, DC, March 20, 2015 – For decades the Central Intelligence Agency has conducted a major signals intelligence (SIGINT) effort that often placed it in competition with other members of the...
Mar 13, 2015 | Briefing Book
In the News Happy Sunshine Week: National Security Archive names E-Delinquents in 2015 E-FOIA Audit By Ms. Smith, Network World, March 17, 2015 Sunshine Week Column: Posting FOIA releases online...

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