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April 7, 2014
Sitreps Detail Rwanda's Descent into Genocide 1994
Complete Collection of Peacekeepers' Situation Reports from Rwanda to UN Headquarters in New York — from the Mission's Inception in October 1993 through the End of the Genocide in July 1994.

April 2, 2014
Brazil Marks 50th Anniversary of Military Coup
On 50th anniversary, Archive posts new Kennedy Tape Transcripts on coup plotting against Brazilian President Joao Goulart.

March 31, 2014
The Rwandan Refugee Crisis: Before the Genocide

March 27, 2014
U.S. National Archives Web Site Uploads Hundreds of Thousands of Diplomatic Cables from 1977
A Step Forward for On-Line Research in International History.

March 26, 2014
Iran-Contra: Lawrence Walsh's Contribution to History
Independent Counsel Uncovered Presidential Abuses, Left Invaluable Historical Record.

March 24, 2014
Spy Chief James Clapper Wins Rosemary Award
Whopper to Congress Clinches Worst Open Government Performance of 2013.

March 20, 2014

March 18, 2014
Déjà vu in Mexico: Declassified Documents on the First Time Mexico "Killed" "El Chayo"
Once Deemed a "Needed Win" U.S.-Supported Operation Failed to Net Cartel Chief in 2010.

March 14, 2014
Half of Federal Agencies Still Use Outdated Freedom of Information Regulations
50 out of 101 not in compliance with 2007 Congressional changes to the statute.

March 6, 2014
Warnings of Catastrophe
French, US, UN, and Belgian Documents Foreshadow the Genocide in Rwanda 1994.

February 28, 2014
60th Anniversary of Castle BRAVO Nuclear Test, the Worst Nuclear Test in U.S. History
Blast Had Far Greater Explosive Yield than Expected, Equivalent to 1,000 Hiroshimas.

February 21, 2014
Dubious Secrets of the Cuban Missile Crisis
Defense Department Deletes Khrushchev's Public Statements about Jupiter Missiles in Turkey.

February 20, 2014
Special Plans and Double Meanings: Controversies over Deception, Intelligence, and Policy Counterterrorism

February 14, 2014
Russell Hemenway: An Appreciation

February 3, 2014
The Rwanda Sitreps
Daily Pleas to New York Detail How International Failure Left Peacekeepers Ill-Equipped to Respond to Rising Violence in January 1994

January 24, 2014
Kissinger to Ford: "Smash" Rumsfeld
Newly Declassified Telcons Show Conflict During Ford Years Over Arms Control, Détente, Leaks, Angola.

January 23, 2014
USS Pueblo: LBJ Considered Nuclear Weapons, Naval Blockade, Ground Attacks in Response to 1968 North Korean Seizure of Navy Vessel, Documents Show
NSA Initially Downplayed Potential Damage from Capture of Sensitive Encryption Equipment from Spy Ship.

January 9, 2014
The Rwanda "Genocide Fax": What We Know Now
New Documentation Paints Complex Picture of Informant and his Warnings.

January 3, 2014
Advisory: CNN Re-Airing Groundbreaking 1998 Documentary - "COLD WAR"
National Security Archive Provided Key Documents, Guidance for Award-Winning Series.

December 16, 2013
Proliferation Watch: U.S. Intelligence Assessments of Potential Nuclear Powers, 1977-2001
First Publication of Recently Declassified Satellite Photographs of South African Nuclear Test Site--1977.

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