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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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

    353 views
  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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.…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

    1,173 views
  • 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…

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  • 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…

    261 views
  • 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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  • CIA Records Release
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    CIA Records Release

    The guest talked about the June 26 release of Central Intelligence Agency records describing illegal CIA activities from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. The records show the CIA’s…

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  • Access to Federal Records
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    Access to Federal Records

    Mr. Blanton talked about access to presidential records and the importance of open government and freedom of information. He also responded to telephone calls and electronic mail. The previous…

    57 views
  • Secrecy and the Press
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    Secrecy and the Press

    Keynote speaker J. William Leonard was joined by a panel of journalists, lawyers, and government officials to examine the constricted access to public information in an age of terrorism. The discussion…

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  • Government Secrecy and the Press
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    Government Secrecy and the Press

    Keynote speaker Bob Woodward was joined by a panel of journalists, lawyers, and government officials to examine the constricted access to public information in an age of terrorism. The discussion was…

    189 views
  • Freedom of Information Act 40th Year
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    Freedom of Information Act: 40th Year

    Thomas Blanton talked about what the Freedom of Information Act is, who uses it, how it is used, and what kinds of material have come to light as a result of its creation. Forty years ago…

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