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Soviet-U.S. Relations: The End of the Cold War, 1985-1991

This extraordinary collection includes declassified transcripts of every word the Soviet and American leaders actually said to each other in the historic summit meetings from Geneva 1985 through Moscow 1991, together with the previously secret preparatory and after-action reports from both the Russian and American sides.

Cuba and the U.S.: The Declassified History of Negotiations to Normalize Relations, 1959-2016

Over 1,700 high-level documents on more than 50 years of secret dialogue between the U. S. and Cuba. Based on years of research, this unique set reveals the hidden history of back-channel presidential diplomacy that led to the historic re-establishment of relations in 2015.

Targeting Iraq, Part I: Planning, Invasion, and Occupation, 1997-2004

2,000+ internal documents on one of the most significant U.S. foreign policy issues of our era.  Previously secret policy records from official U.S. and British sources encompass plans for regime change, war and occupation, and the controversy over weapons of mass destruction.

CIA Covert Operations III: From Kennedy to Nixon, 1961-1974 

Part III of the CIA series takes the story from the Bay of Pigs through a chain of lesserlittle-known covert activities in Indonesia, Iraq (the Kurds), Cuba, the Dominican Republic, British Guiana, Bolivia, and more. Provides unprecedented coverage of top-level CIA deliberations along with notes of meetings with Presidents Kennedy and Johnson.


Upcoming Collections in 2019

Nuclear Nonproliferation 2, Part I: From Atoms for Peace to the NPT, 1954-1968

A rich collection of U.S. government records on nuclear nonproliferation policy during a formative period, this set documents the creation of the major institutions and agreements that make up the international nonproliferation system, including the International Atomic Energy Agency, the first iteration of the IAEA safeguards system, and the negotiation of the Nonproliferation Treaty. The collection also details the U.S. government’s concern about emerging nuclear weapons states — the “Nth Country Problem”— and its efforts to monitor nuclear activities in China, France, India, Israel, and elsewhere. Another important topic is the diplomatic effort to find a nuclear role within NATO for West Germany so as to deter possible German interest in an independent weapons capability. Solving that problem was essential for the breakthrough in the NPT negotiations during 1966-1967.

The United States and the Iranian Revolution, 1978-2015 

Set for publication on the 40th anniversary of the overthrow of the U.S.-backed Shah and subsequent hostage crisis in 1979, this collection will trace the arc of an unusual global relationship from its darkest period to the signing of the controversial nuclear accord in 2015.  Despite the Islamic Republic’s status as an international pariah state and the United States’ negative reputation in Tehran for supporting Saddam Hussein’s chemical weapons attacks on Iranian civilians, every Iranian leader and American president at some point has sought to broaden ties between the two countries.  The issues explored here have exceptional continuing relevance and will make this set a vital resource for the foreseeable future.


For publication in 2020-2022

  • MKUltra: CIA Mind Control Experiments, 1953-1973
  • Targeting Iraq, Part II: Occupation, Surge, and ISIS, 2004-2017
  • The President’s Daily Brief:  Nixon, Ford, and Carter
  • Environmental Diplomacy: U.S. Policy and Climate Change, 1981-2017
  • CIA Covert Operations, Part IV: From Truman to Eisenhower, 1945-1961
  • The Afghanistan War and the United States, 1998-2017