NSA: New Findings on Clerical Involvement in the 1953 Coup in Iran

8 March 2018 — National Security Archive

“Large Sums of Money” from U.S. Embassy Sent to “Influential People” in Tehran Prior to August 19, Declassified British Memo Alleges

Latest Declassification of Internal CIA History “The Battle for Iran” Adds More Detail to the Public Record

National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 619

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CIA declassifies more of "Zendebad, Shah!" – internal study of 1953 Iran coup

12 February 2018 — National Security Archive

National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No.618

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Washington, D.C., February 12, 2018 – A partially-declassified CIA history of the 1953 coup in Iran, released in late 2017, includes an-depth critique of how the agency approached the operation, highlighting the effects of bureaucracy and politics on the conduct of U.S. clandestine activities. The CIA report, posted today by the George Washington University-based National Security Archive, also reveals details about the hatching of the covert plot as well as its execution.

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A “Harsh and Terrible … Solution”: Fidel Castro’s Armageddon Letter to Nikita Khrushchev

11 January 2018 — National Security Archive

Washington, D.C., January 11, 2018 – A new book by long-time colleagues of the National Security Archive, James G. Blight and janet M. Lang, offers a fresh exploration of the 1962 Cuban missile crisis and plumbs its lessons on the continuing dangers of nuclear war. 

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NSA: NATO Expansion: What Gorbachev Heard

12 December 2017 — National Security Archive

Declassified documents show security assurances against NATO expansion to Soviet leaders from Baker, Bush, Genscher, Kohl, Gates, Mitterrand, Thatcher, Hurd, Major, and Woerner

Slavic Studies Panel Addresses “Who Promised What to Whom on NATO Expansion?”

National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 613 

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Engaging North Korea II: Evidence from the Clinton Administration

8 December 2017 — National Security Archive

Perry: U.S. Planned for War during 1994 Nuclear Crisis, but Understood “War Involves Many Casualties”

U.S. Confronted Pyongyang on Missiles but Also Worried a “Starving North Korea” Could Create a “Dangerously Chaotic Situation”

Declassified Transcripts, Reports and Cables Spell Out U.S. and Allied Concerns, Options

National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 612 

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