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On Feb. 9, 1988, Pres. Reagan instructed the National Security Planning Group, ā€œYou need to put down what the ideal agreement would beā€¦you can decide among ourselvesā€¦what we can [and] canā€™t give upā€¦but the bottom line is youā€™ve got to go for the gold.ā€ history.state.gov/historicaldocuā€¦
Dec. 1987: Pres. Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev signed the INF Treaty, agreeing ā€œto instruct their negotiators in Geneva to work toward the completion of [START]ā€¦preferably in time for signature...during the next meeting of leaders of stateā€ history.state.gov/historicaldocuā€¦
On March 8, 1985, Pres. Ronald Reagan sent off the delegation to the Nuclear and Space Talks in Geneva, led by Max Kampelman. ā€œThe President has given high priority to seeking equitable and verifiable arms control agreements.ā€ history.state.gov/historicaldocuā€¦ šŸ“·@Reagan_Libraryy1
On June 25, 1982, Pres. Ronald Reagan handed Amb. Ed Rowny a letter: ā€œYou are about to undertake one of the most important tasks of our ageā€”the negotiation of an effective and equitable strategic arms reduction agreement.ā€ history.state.gov/historicaldocuā€¦ šŸ“·@Reagan_LibraryyH
The Office of the Historian releases Foreign Relations, 1981ā€“1988, Volume XI, START I: history.state.gov/historicaldocuā€¦ #FRUS #FRUSRelease #STARTtreaty #twitterstorians @Reagan_Library
At midnight on August 5, 1962 , the Union Jack was lowered as the green, black, and gold Jamaican national flag was raised. #FRUS covers U.S. policies toward Jamaican independence: history.state.gov/historicaldocuā€¦ šŸ“·@JFKLibraryyj
What did Latin American leaders think about the Alliance for Progress? Peruse these #FRUS documents, 1961ā€“1963: history.state.gov/search?q=%22Alā€¦ šŸ“·@JFKLibraryyT
In the early 1960s, water salinity was a major issue in U.S.-Mexico relations. Read more in #FRUS, including the memo ā€œThe Salt Water Problem of the Mexicali and San Luis Valleysā€: history.state.gov/historicaldocuā€¦
Interested in U.S. policy towards Colombia after La Violencia? Read 1961ā€“1963 primary source documents in #FRUS: history.state.gov/historicaldocuā€¦
The Office of the Historian releases Foreign Relations, 1961ā€“1963, Volumes X/XI/XII, Microfiche Supplement, American Republics; Cuba 1961ā€“1962; Cuban Missile Crisis and Aftermath history.state.gov/historicaldocuā€¦ #FRUS #FRUSrelease #twitterstorians @JFKLibrary
Our Embassy community pauses for a moment today to remember Jeannette, a decorated WWII veteran and Foreign Service specialist, who selflessly served our nation. #WomensHistoryMonth
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The Embassy's Marine Security Guard Detachment lowered and folded the U.S. flag in honor of Jeannette Lafrance, an Office Management Specialist at U.S. Embassy Cairo who tragically died 67 years ago today. We will present this flag to Jeannette's sister Alice Plautz in Wisconsin.
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Lafrance entered the U.S. Diplomatic Service as an Office Management Specialist in 1946, at a time when there were few women in the U.S. Department of State. Jeannette tragically died in Cairo 67 years ago today and we pause to remember and honor her life and legacy.
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ā€œToday, we are all Jeannette!" Office Management Specialists at U.S. Embassy Cairo virtually gathered to express gratitude for the trail blazed by Jeannette Lafrance.
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The Ambassador noted that Jeannette was a trailblazer for women in public service and that he was inspired to hear about Jeannette's incredible life and achievements. He thanked Mrs. Plautz for sharing her sister's story with the Embassy.
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To honor the life and legacy of Jeannette Lafrance, an Office Management Specialist at U.S. Embassy Cairo who tragically died 67 years ago today, Ambassador Jonathan R. Cohen spoke with Jeannette's sole surviving sister Mrs. Alice Plautz in Wisconsin.
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#OTD 1991 trat der ā€žZwei-plus-Vier-Vertragā€œ in Kraft. Die vier BesatzungsmƤchte hatten bereits am 1. Oktober 1990 auf ihre Rechte in Bezug auf Deutschland verzichtet und der Bundesrepublik damit vollstƤndige SouverƤnitƤt gewƤhrt. Mehr bei @HistoryAtState: history.state.gov/countries/germā€¦
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OH mourns the passing of Walter LaFeber, who served first as a member and then as chair of the Department of State's Historical Advisory Committee (HAC) in the early 1970s. You can read about his time on the #HAC: history.state.gov/historicaldocuā€¦
#FSIā€™s @HistoryAtState held an open session of the Advisory Committee for Historical Diplomatic Documentation (#HAC). Guests discussed the Carter administrationā€™s policy toward Africa, as documented in our Office of the Historianā€™s released #FRUS volume: bit.ly/3bDn1DF
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PUBLIC PRESENTATION Mar. 1, 2021 at 11:15am EST At the #HAC meeting, Myra Burton and Louise Woodroofe will discuss the Carter administrationā€™s policy toward Africa, as documented in #FRUS To register for this free online event, please send an email to [email protected]
PUBLIC MEETING Mar. 1, 2021 at 10am EST Join us for the open session of the Advisory Committee for Historical Diplomatic Documentation (#HAC). To register for this free online event, please send an email to [email protected]
In honor of #BHM, @HistoryAtState co-hosted a lecture titled "A History of African American Trailblazers in American Diplomacy." Historian Dr. Melissa Jane Taylor provided a history of African Americans @StateDept and how their actions fostered a more diverse diplomatic team.
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Read the #FRUS volume Foreign Relations of the United States, 1977ā€“1980, Volume XVII, Part 2, Sub-Saharan Africa history.state.gov/historicaldocuā€¦ (4/4)
Read the #FRUS volume Foreign Relations of the United States, 1977-1980, Volume XVII, Part 1, Horn of Africa history.state.gov/historicaldocuā€¦ (3/4)
Before attending the virtual #HAC meeting on March 1, 2021, read the #FRUS volume Foreign Relations of the United States, 1977ā€“1980, Volume XVI, Southern Africa: history.state.gov/historicaldocuā€¦ (2/4)
PUBLIC PRESENTATION Mar. 1, 2021 at 11:15am EST At the #HAC meeting, Myra Burton and Louise Woodroofe will discuss the Carter administrationā€™s policy toward Africa, as documented in #FRUS To register for this free online event, please send an email to [email protected] (1/4)
PUBLIC MEETING ā€¢ Mar. 1, 2021 at 10am EST Join us for the open session of the Advisory Committee for Historical Diplomatic Documentation (#HAC). To register for this free online event, please send an email to [email protected]
In summer 1984 discussions, Sec. Shultz, Soviet Foreign Minister Gromyko, and Soviet Amb. Dobrynin failed to agree on new arms control talks; but would the U.S. agree to the Sovietsā€™ umbrella talks proposal? Find out in #FRUS: ā€”history.state.gov/historicaldocuā€¦ ā€”history.state.gov/historicaldocuā€¦
As President Reagan ran for re-election, staffers considered the challenges and opportunities of a second term. This August 1984 memorandum set the stage for East-West relations while cautioning ā€œpredictingā€¦is genuinely ā€˜looking through a glass darklyā€™: history.state.gov/historicaldocuā€¦
Was the 1983 Soviet ā€œwar scareā€ real or a propaganda ploy? Read a CIA assessment and related documentation in the latest #FRUS release: ā€”history.state.gov/historicaldocuā€¦ ā€”history.state.gov/historicaldocuā€¦
What to make of Soviet leader Konstantin Chernenko, newly elected in February 1984, and his possible agenda? Review this March 1984 Department of State memo assessing possible positions: history.state.gov/historicaldocuā€¦
African Americansā€™ contributions to U.S. diplomacy began in the late 19th century, when abolitionists Ebenezer Bassett and, later, Frederick Douglass were appointed as Chiefs of Mission to Haiti and the Dominican Republic. bit.ly/3baYQfP #BlackExcellence #BHM2021
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Interested in the background of the ā€œIvan and Anya Speech,ā€ given by President Reagan from the Oval Office on January 16, 1984? Find it in #FRUS: history.state.gov/historicaldocuā€¦
Study a U.S. assessment of the November 1983 Soviet walkout of the Geneva INF negotiations, after U.S. INF deployments to NATO allies began: history.state.gov/historicaldocuā€¦
Congratulations @HistoryAtState and #FSIā€™s Office of the Historian for the release of a new Foreign Relations of the U.S. volume! This volume covers the Reagan Administration from January 1983ā€“March 1985, with a primary focus on the Soviet Union. #FRUS twitter.com/HistoryAtStateā€¦
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(2/2) An image of these handwritten notes taken by Secretary Weinberger on September 2, 1983 is available at Appendix D in #FRUS: history.state.gov/historicaldocuā€¦
(1/2) Tensions were high in 1983 when the Soviets downed the #KAL007 commercial airliner, killing all 269 people on board. In #FRUS, read a transcript of Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinbergerā€™s handwritten notes after the shoot down: history.state.gov/historicaldocuā€¦
An August 1983 briefing on Soviet views, intentions, and policies provides an outline of where the Reagan administration thought U.S.-Soviet relations were headed: history.state.gov/historicaldocuā€¦
Check out an insiderā€™s view of policymaking and decisions regarding the Soviet Union in the 1980s. Deputy Secretary of State Kenneth Dam recorded daily notes on a tape recorder. See an example of his transcribed notes in #FRUS: history.state.gov/historicaldocuā€¦
Want to know more about U.S. plans in 1983 to counter the Soviet challenge in the developing world? See this memorandum: history.state.gov/historicaldocuā€¦
Read about Secretary of State George Shultzā€™s 1983 plan to use ā€œstrength, imagination and energyā€ to confront the Soviets, using the new four-part agenda, in #FRUS: ā€”history.state.gov/historicaldocuā€¦ ā€”history.state.gov/historicaldocuā€¦
The Office of the Historian releases Foreign Relations, 1981ā€“1988, Volume IV, Soviet Union, January 1983ā€“March 1985: history.state.gov/historicaldocuā€¦ #FRUS #FRUSReleaseā€Æ#twitterstorians @Reagan_Library
(2/2) This revised edition includes a new #FRUS chapter on Italy, 1973-1976, that was not published in the first edition. To read this new content, check out: history.state.gov/historicaldocuā€¦
(1/2) The Office of the Historian releases Foreign Relations, 1969ā€“1976, Volume E-15, Part 2, Documents on Western Europe, 1973-1976, Second, Revised Edition: history.state.gov/historicaldocuā€¦ #FRUS #FRUSrelease #twitterstorians @NixonLibrary @Ford_Library
#FSI's @HistoryAtState Director Adam Howard hosted a virtual meeting with the US Army Center of Military Historyā€™s Graduate Research Assistants and interns to discuss the Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) series. Learn more about #FRUS here:Ā bit.ly/2IZuF13.
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On July 6, 1988, Secretary Shultz began his longest visit to East Asia and the Pacific, a two-week trip that included 8 countries and Hong Kong. Shultzā€™s trip itinerary and speech excerpts were printed in the October 1988 Department of State Bulletin:
In February 1983, Secretary of State Shultz made his first trip to China, holding meetings with PRC leader Deng Xiaoping, Premier Zhao Ziyang, and other Chinese officials. Shultzā€™s itinerary and remarks are recorded in the March 1983 Department of State Bulletin:
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