Stasi Files on Trial

To understand Western security vetting during the Cold War, interrogate Stasi documents

The Cold War brought to West Germany millions of refugees and tens of thousands of spies.

Why International Histories Need More Canadian Sources

Library and Archives Canada offers new perspectives on the Euromissiles Crisis and much more.

For much of the period since 1945, multilateralism has been an “article of faith” of Canadian foreign policy. Canadians relished these international connections, participating in a wide range of multilateral organizations: the United Nations, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, la Francophonie, the Commonwealth, the Organization of American States…the list went on.

A Latin Americanist Reads the Indian Archives

Reflections on the archives of the Ministry of External Affairs and area studies in India

Before 2011, the history of India’s foreign relations with South Asia and with other parts of the globe was largely based on public information (such as India’s domestic newspapers) and archival sources from outside of the subcontinent. Documents from the United States, Great Britain, and Russia filled many gaps in what we knew of India’s foreign relations during the Cold War.

Yugoslavia is Gone, But Its Archives Remain

The archives in Belgrade are an untapped source for Cold War history

The archives in the former Yugoslavia are one of the least utilized source bases for Cold War history. Quite undeservedly so, because the records of Yugoslavia’s multifaceted foreign policy provide a wealth of information about the Global Cold War.   

Cold War Archives in the Third World

The Third World in the Cold War has become one of the most dynamic areas of current historical scholarship

International Organizations during the Cold War

Above: Dag Hammarskjöld, second secretary general of the UN, outside the UN Building in New York

Finding Babel: Film Screening and Reception

Isaac Babel's writings are subversive masterpieces, challenging the ideology of the early Soviet Union, and resulting in his arrest and execution in 1940. On the 75th anniversary of Babel's execution, Finding Babel, from 7th Art Releasing, follows Andrei Malaev-Babel, his grandson, on a journey to come closer to some sense of truth. This was a special sneak-peak premier for the Washington, DC area. For more information about the film, please visit

The Adventures of a Rookie in Central Asia’s Archives

A Chinese agent of influence, Yeltsin on a tank, and a bag of stationary

Before embarking to Almaty—my first destination in Central Asia—I talked to many of my Chinese colleagues about my project on the Sino-Soviet border. They all shook their heads in disapproval, believing I would not be able to get much, if any, research done. But ignorance is bliss they say, so I arrogantly brushed off all of their concerns and proceeded with my archives trip to Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.

Sourcing India's Cold War: From Nehru to Gandhi

Despite hurdles, New Delhi offers a trove of Cold War records