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Brass as Historical Evidence


One of the reasons we welcome opportunities to talk about our research (as we’ll be honored to do at the Washington History Seminar on October 16, 2017) is that doing so almost invariably elicits new evidence.

Close Ties in Counterterrorism

The CIA and the Japanese Red Army in The Hague

Late in the afternoon of 13 September 1974, three armed men stormed the French embassy in The Hague. In an emergency call to the police, a woman with a heavy French accent said that “crazy Japanese men” were “running around with guns.” Responding police officers were immediately shot at. When a female officer was critically wounded, the police retreated.

Documenting the Soviet ICBM Program

Seven documents from Russian archives provide a brief and skeletal look into the development of the Soviet post-World War II ballistic missile program that culminated in the creation of the R-7 intercontinental ballistic missile in 1957.

New Sources on Sputnik

Nine documents, all declassified from Russian archives and recently translated into English for publication on, provide a brief and skeletal look at the origins of Sputnik, the first Soviet satellite.[1]

Waiting for the Bomb: PN Haksar and India’s Nuclear Policy in the 1960s

Waiting for the Bomb:

PN Haksar and India’s Nuclear Policy in the 1960s

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The Space Race and the Origins of the Space Age

October 4, 2017 was the 60th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik, an event which marked the beginning of the Space Race and, with it, the beginning of the space age. 

The Space Race captured the imagination of millions of Americans and remains a defining moment in our national history. Today, space technology and exploration have entered a second major era of new capabilities and discoveries. Once again, space occupies an important place in American life and in the popular imagination.

Korea in the Bulgarian Archives, 1945-1995: An Introduction

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NKIDP Working Paper #5

Korea in the Bulgarian Archives: An Introduction

Jordan Baev and Soyoung Kim
September 2017

Gorbachev: His Life and Times

In his Gorbachev biography, William Taubman shows how a peasant boy turned into the Soviet system’s gravedigger, why the Communist regime allowed him to destroy it, why Gorbachev’s dream of democratizing the USSR foundered, how he and President Ronald Reagan turned out to be almost perfect partners, and why Gorbachev permitted Eastern Europe to abandon C

Educating Cold Warriors

Lessons on communism and the Soviet Union in American schools