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  • John Boltons Book and Government Prepublication Reviews
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    John Bolton's Book and Government Prepublication Reviews

    National Security Archive director Tom Blanton talked about the battle over the publication of John Bolton’s The Room Where It Happened and the process by which former government officials…

  • Origins of the NunnLugar Act
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    Origins of the Nunn-Lugar Act

    Government officials talked about the future of international cooperation in the reduction and elimination of weapons of mass destruction. On December 12, 1991, President George H.W. Bush signed the…

  • Implementation of NunnLugar Act
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    Implementation of Nunn-Lugar Act

    Government officials and policy makers talked about their roles in implementing the Soviet Nuclear Threat Reduction Act, also called the Nunn-Lugar Act. On December 12, 1991, President…

  • NunnLugar Act 25th Anniversary
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    Nunn-Lugar Act 25th Anniversary

    Former Senators Sam Nunn (D-GA) and Richard Lugar (R-IN) participated in a panel discussion on the 25th Anniversary of the Soviet Nuclear Threat Reduction Act of 1991, which was signed by…

  • Cold War Summits 19851991
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    Cold War Summits 1985-1991

    Historians talked about the Cold War summits between the United States and the Soviet Union from 1985 to 1991. Using declassified documents, they spoke about American and Soviet…

  • Oversight Hearing Focuses on Government Overclassification
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    Overclassification of Government Documents

    Information, data, secrecy. and transparency experts testified at a hearing on the classification rules and procedures related to national security and intelligence documents. Members asked…

  • Freedom of Information Act 50th Anniversary
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    Freedom of Information Act 50th Anniversary

    Tom Blanton talked about the history of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), signed by President Johnson on July 4, 1966. Mr. Blanton shared examples of FOIA documents and argued that the…

  • Nixon Vietnam and the October 1969 Nuclear Alert
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    Nixon, Vietnam, and the October 1969 Nuclear Alert

    William Burr and Jeffrey P. Kimball talked about their book, Nixon’s Nuclear Specter: The Secret Alert of 1969, Madman Diplomacy, and the Vietnam War. In the book, they detail how the Nixon administration secretly…

  • Discussion on Hillary Clintons Email Records
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    Hillary Clinton's Personal Email Account

    Panelists talked about the policy implications of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server to conduct government business while serving as secretary of State. The speakers explained…

  • Gulf of Tonkin Documents
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    Gulf of Tonkin Documents

    Thomas Blanton toured the National Security Archive at the George Washington University and talked about declassified documents related to the Gulf of Tonkin incidents of August 1964.…

  • QA with Tom Blanton
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    Q&A with Tom Blanton

    Tom Blanton talked about access to federal government documents through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). During the week the House approved a bill to fix some of the problems with the…

  • After Words with Conor OClery
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    After Words with Conor O'Clery

    The former Irish Times Moscow correspondent details the day that Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as president of the U.S.S.R. and the failed coup that led to that day. He discussed the country’s…

  • Wikileaksthe Espionage Act and the Constitution
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    Wikileaks,the Espionage Act, and the Constitution

    Constitutional law and national security scholars testified on the constitutionality of prosecuting Wikileaks founder Julian Assange under the 1917 Espionage Act. Among the topics addressed…

  • President Nixon and the Paris Peace Accords
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    President Nixon and the Paris Peace Accords

    Critics of the Vietnam War have argued that President Richard Nixon unnecessarily prolonged the conflict while others countered that he acted correctly. Panelists discussed new perspectives on the…

  • After Words with Garry Wills
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    After Words with Garry Wills

    Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian Garry Wills discussed his latest book, Bomb Power, which looks at how the creation of the atomic bomb increased the power of the president and…

  • Secrecy in a Free Society
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    Secrecy in a Free Society

    Panelists spoke about balancing the need for government secrecy with the need to know in a democratic society. Among the topics they addressed were the operation of a free press and…

  • emRacing for the Bombem
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    Racing for the Bomb

    Mr. Norris discussed Racing for the Bomb, his biography of General Leslie Groves published by Steerforth Press. Leslie Groves was a career officer in the Army Corps of Engineers who became…

  • Government Secrecy
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    Government Secrecy

    Mr. Moyers delivered the keynote address at a conference titled “National Security Archives: Celebrating 20 Years of Keeping Government Honest.” He spoke about the history of the Freedom of…

  • National Archives Operations
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    National Archives Operations

    A hearing was held on the challenges faced by the National Archives in preserving the nation’s history. Topics included the upcoming presidential transition, maintenance and funding of the…

  • Nuclear Energy and Proliferation
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    Nuclear Energy and Proliferation

    Ambassador Gregory Schulte, U.S. permanent representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), talked about efforts to limit Iran’s nuclear program, developing a series of…

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