Kissinger archives now available


Richard Moore

From: National Security Archive <•••@••.•••>
Subject:      Massive Collection of Formerly Secret and Top Secret Transcripts
              of Henry Kissinger's Meetings with World Leaders Published On-Line
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National Security Archive Update, May 26, 2006

Massive Collection of Formerly Secret and Top Secret Transcripts of Henry 
Kissinger's Meetings with World Leaders Published On-Line

28,000 Pages of Documents Show Kissinger as Negotiator and Policymaker in 
Real-time, Verbatim Talks with World Leaders

For more information:
William Burr, 202/994-7000

Washington, DC, 26 May 2006 - Today the National Security Archive announces the 
publication of the most comprehensive collection ever assembled of the memoranda
of conversations (memcons) involving Henry Kissinger, one of the most acclaimed 
and controversial U.S. diplomats of the second half of the 20th century.

Published on-line in the Digital National Security Archive (ProQuest) as well in
print-microfiche form, the 28,000-page collection is the result of a seven-year 
effort by the National Security Archive to collect every memcon that could be 
found through archival research and declassification requests. According to 
Kissinger biographer and president of the Aspen Institute Walter Isaacson, 
"Henry Kissinger's memos of conversation are an amazing, fascinating, and 
absolutely indispensable resource for understanding his years in power." Nearly 
word-for-word records of the meetings, the memcons place the reader in the room 
with Kissinger and world leaders, and future leaders, including Mao Zedong, 
Anwar Sadat, Leonid Brezhnev, Georges Pompidou, Richard Nixon, Gerald R. Ford, 
Donald Rumsfeld, and George H.W. Bush.

The memcons show Kissinger at work from 1969 to early 1977 as policymaker, 
negotiator, and presidential adviser. They show him pursuing dÈtente with the 
Soviet Union, rapprochement with China, strong ties with Europe and Japan, 
stability in the Middle East, and, most important, a diplomatic resolution to 
the Vietnam War. The near-verbatim transcripts vividly show Kissinger's style as
negotiator, his use of flattery and humor, his outbursts, and his musings on 
U.S. interests and the use of power. They show Kissinger in the early days of 
the Nixon administration as his influence was growing as presidential adviser, 
at the height of power when he served simultaneously as Secretary of State and 
national security adviser, and later after President Ford fired him from his 
White House post. The documents are equally revealing of Kissinger's numerous 

Follow the link below to view a sampling of twenty of the newly-published 
memcons, documenting a variety of episodes in Kissinger's career in statecraft:

The complete collection of memcons is available through the Digital National 
Security Archive (ProQuest):


THE NATIONAL SECURITY ARCHIVE is an independent non-governmental research 
institute and library located at The George Washington University in Washington,
D.C. The Archive collects and publishes declassified documents acquired through 
the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). A tax-exempt public charity, the Archive 
receives no U.S. government funding; its budget is supported by publication 
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