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Central/Eastern Europe

Aug 30, 2017 | Briefing Book
Officials in 1960s  Sought Studies of “Longer-term Consequences of Nuclear Attacks on the Health of People or on Their Living Environment”
May 23, 2017 | News
In recognition of the extraordinary challenges facing Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, the National Security Archive took out this full-page advertisement in The New York Review of Books' June 8, 2017, edition.  Featured are the Archive’s award-winning Cold War documents reader series published through CEU Press, and the Digital National Security Archive, comprising 50 major curated collections of primary-source documentation on U.S. foreign policy, published by ProQuest.
May 10, 2017 | Briefing Book
Washington D.C., May 10, 2017 – The United States’ cautious response to the unexpectedly powerful popular uprising in Hungary in 1956 grew out of the Eisenhower administration’s policy of “keeping the pot boiling” in Eastern Europe without having it “boil over” into a possible nuclear conflict, according to an unpublished Defense Department historical study posted for the first time by the National Security Archive at The George Washington University. 
Feb 28, 2017 | Briefing Book
Washington, D.C. February 28, 2017 - President Dwight D. Eisenhower ruled out military intervention in Eastern Europe early in his administration, despite campaign rhetoric about rolling back world Communism, according to a U.S. Defense Department draft history published today by the National Security Archive. Fear of provoking war with the Soviet Union drove the decision, the study finds, based on research in a variety of government and public sources.
Dec 18, 2016 | Briefing Book
Washington D.C., December 18, 2016 – Previously secret transcripts of the summit meetings between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev from 1985 to 1988, and then George H.W. Bush with Gorbachev from 1989 through 1991, show the Soviet leader pursuing an arms race in reverse, Reagan recommending quiet dialogue on human rights, and Bush seeking new nuclear weapons before coming around to cuts at the end, according to a new book published this month by the National Security Archive and Central European University Press.
Nov 18, 2016 | Briefing Book
Echoes of the 1956 Hungarian Revolt in Romania, 60 Years After By Corina Snitar
Dec 22, 2015 | Briefing Book
The SAC [Strategic Air Command] Atomic Weapons Requirements Study for 1959, produced in June 1956 and published today for the first time by the National Security Archive www.nsarchive.org, provides the most comprehensive and detailed list of nuclear targets and target systems that has ever been declassified. As far as can be told, no comparable document has ever been declassified for any period of Cold War history. The SAC study includes chilling details.
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. Declassified U.N. Cables Reveal Turning Point in Rwanda Crisis of 1994 Mark Landler, The New York Times, June 3, 2014 Genocide Under Our Watch By Colum Lynch, Foreign Policy, April 16, 2015 Exclusive: Rwanda Revisited By Colum Lynch, Foreign Policy, April 5, 2015 Results from Rwanda Conference   Previous Postings
Jun 28, 2015 | News
June 28, 2015 The Hague, The Netherlands Leading decision-makers from more than a dozen countries will gather in The Hague from June 29 to July 1 to consider the failure of the international community to prevent the fall of the United Nations “safe area” of Srebrenica in July 1995, which resulted in the largest massacre in Europe since World War II.