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Earl Gregg Swem Library

The Soviet “War Scare”

Categories: Defense/Military,Headlines,History,NATO,Nuclear Arms,Russia

A recently declassified document from the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board dating from 1990 which reveals that the so-called War Scare of 1983 represented a real possibility of war between the U.S. and USSR. Soviet fears of a U.S.-NATO first strike during NATO exercises known as “Able Archer 83” led to increased Russian and Warsaw pact military preparedness. Posted by the National Security Archive.


NATO’s Military Response to Russia

Categories: Defense/Military,Great Britain,NATO,Russia

Explains the main details of the Readiness Action Plan adopted by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in response to the 2014 Russia-Ukraine crisis and the military contribution of the United Kingdom.  House of Commons Library Briefing Paper 07276


NATO Archives Disclosed Documents Related to the Events in Poland 1987-1991

Categories: Communism,East Europe,History,NATO,Russia

Press release on the disclosure of documents held by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization on pivotal events in Poland leading to the end of the so-called Cold War and Soviet Communist domination of Eastern Europe.  Includes links to list of documents and download of zipped file.  From NATO


After the Paris Attacks: Implications for the Transatlantic Security Debate

Categories: Homeland Security,NATO,Terrorism

Attempts to describe the main pattern behind the January 2015 Paris attacks by Jihadist terrorists and the strategic lessons to be learned.  Offers recommendations for a transatlantic strategy against jihadi terrorism.  From the NATO Defense College)


Progress Toward Security and Stability in Afghanistan

Categories: Afghanistan,Defense/Military,NATO,Terrorism,Treaties

Report covers military activities in Afghanistan by U.S. forces from April through September 2014 and describes the transition from combat mission to training and counterterrorism assistance.  Also covers signing of U.S.-Afghanistan Bilateral Security Agreement and NATO Status of Forces Agreement.   From the Defense Department


The “Islamic State” Crisis and U.S. Policy

Categories: Arab,Defense/Military,Iraq,NATO,Syria,United Nations

Reviews the emergence of ISIS as a transnational insurgent movement, the success of their summer campaign in northwestern Iraq and northeastern Syria, and U.S. policy options. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976, Volume E-15, Part 2: Documents on Western Europe, 1973-1976

Categories: Communism,European Union,Foreign Affairs,Headlines,History,NATO

Part of a subseries that documents foreign policy issues with Western European countries in the Nixon/Ford period.  From the State Department


NATO: Response to the Crisis in Ukraine and Security Concerns in Central and Eastern Europe

Categories: East Europe,NATO,Russia,Ukraine


Discusses actions taken by NATO members in response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea and threats to the territory of eastern Ukraine and U.S. military moves in the region.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


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