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East Germany's Eurocentric Definition of Counterterrorism

The question of what role the Soviet Union and its satellites in Eastern Europe played in supporting international terrorism between the 1960s and 1989 became a significant one in the last decades of the Cold War.    The files of East Germany’s Ministry of State Security, especially its division devoted to counterterrorism (Terrorabwehr) reveal an interesting and complex twist on this familiar topic.

Brezhnev's Secret Six-Day War Speech

Behind closed doors, General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev gave an account of the causes and effects of the Six-Day War between Israel and Egypt, Jordan, and Syria.

How the GDR Capitalized on the Arab-Israli Conflict

The Six-Day War, viewed from East Berlin

News of Arab defeat in the Six-Day War initially came as a blow to the German Democratic Republic. Egypt—an Arab geostrategic partner whose attentions East Germany desired and courted—lost most of its aircraft in just a few hours, having been taken by surprise by the Israeli Aviation Forces (IAF). While at first it seemed that the Arab states could defeat Israel, by the end of the week it became clear that the Arab coalition had suffered another severe loss.

North Korea and the East German Stasi, 1987-1989

The archives of the East German Stasi feature revelations about North Korea’s intelligence services and international relations at the end of the Cold War

Although the archives of the former Soviet Union and the Eastern bloc have revealed much about North Korea’s foreign policies and the country’s domestic conditions, these sources tell us very little about North Korea’s international intelligence cooperation, its domestic intelligence services, or its military structures and practices.

Isolationism vs. Multilateralism: 100 Years on the Global Stage

MP Niels Annen is a foreign policy leader in the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD). Since 2014, he has served as spokesperson on foreign affairs of the SPD Parliamentary Group in the German Bundestag, where he represents the electoral district Hamburg-Eimsbüttel. He is also a member of the SPD’s executive committee. Annen was first elected to the Bundestag in 2005, and was a member until 2009, before being re-elected in 2013. He currently is a permanent member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and a substitute member of the Committee on Economics and Energy. Mr.

Strategic Gossip

Getting the story straight on Germany’s nuclear ambitions

On March 19th, 1969, alarm spread through the British security establishment. Rumors of West German nuclear weapons ambitions could no longer be dismissed as Warsaw Pact propaganda. Highest-level French officials warned of their common ally's secret plutonium reprocessing projects. One advisor of President de Gaulle was quoted:

Book Launch | Konrad Wolf – But I Saw It Myself, This is the War: War Diary and Letters, 1942-1945

Konrad Wolf (1925-1982), renowned film director and longtime president of the East Germany’s Academy of Arts, left behind an extraordinary collection of historical documents: his War Journal. In three small notebooks of tightly written handwriting, the journal details his early years as a young man and solider enlisted in Soviet Russia’s Red Army (1943-1945).

Senator Keating’s Source

How West German intelligence discovered Soviet missiles in Cuba

One of the longest-standing mysteries of the Cuban Missile Crisis is how a Republican senator from New York learned of the existence of Soviet missile bases in Cuba a month and a half before the CIA obtained the first visible proof of the missiles.

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