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U.S. Policy toward Iran: From the Revolution to the Nuclear Accord, 1978-2015

Published in December 2019 during the 40th anniversary year of the overthrow of the U.S.-backed Shah of Iran and onset of the hostage crisis in 1979, this collection traces all facets of a highly unusual global relationship from its darkest periods to the landmark signing of the controversial nuclear accord in 2015.  

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

Covering nuclear nonproliferation policy during a formative period, this set (published in July 2019) documents the creation of the major institutions and agreements that make up the international nonproliferation system; U.S. concerns about emerging nuclear weapons states; and efforts to monitor nuclear activities in China, France, India, Israel, and elsewhere.

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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.


Upcoming Collections in 2020


The President’s Daily Brief:  Nixon, Ford, and the CIA, 1969-1977

Building on the Archive’s earlier collection of all the CIA’s highest-level briefings for Kennedy and Johnson, this set covers the Nixon and Ford presidencies, providing scholars with actual Top Secret intelligence reports provided daily to the White House on global developments during a critical period in the Cold War.  Détente with the Soviet Union, the breakthrough with China, and the Arab-Israel conflict were among the world-changing events of the day.

Donald Rumsfeld’s Snowflakes, Part I: The Pentagon and U.S. Foreign Policy, 2001-2007

The product of a National Security Archive Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, this two-part collection will publish every “snowflake” memo Donald Rumsfeld circulated during his tenure as the Secretary of Defense to President George W. Bush – over 59,000 pages in all.  (Part I will appear in late 2020, Part 2 will follow in Spring 2021.)  Covering some of the most significant and sensitive issues from a tumultuous period, these unvarnished internal memos offer an extraordinary schematic of U.S. defense and national security policy, as well as insights into one of the Bush administration’s most memorable characters.


For publication in 2021-2023


  • Donald Rumsfeld's Snowflakes, Part II: The Pentagon and U.S. Foreign Policy, 2001-2007
  • Targeting Iraq, Part II: Occupation, Surge, and ISIS, 2004-2017
  • MKUltra: CIA Mind Control Experiments, 1953-1973
  • 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