PRESS RELEASE: 26
NEW DOCUMENTS ON THE DISSOLUTION
OF THE WARSAW PACT
On Friday, 24 November 2000, a collection of documents providing
new insights into the final years of the Warsaw Pact was added to
the PHP website, www.isn.ethz.ch/php.
This is the first time the disintegration of the Cold War alliance
that rivaled NATO for thirty-five years is extensively illustrated
from the internal records of one of the Warsaw Pact's former member
Entitled The Irresistible Collapse of the Warsaw Pact: Documents
from Bulgarian Archives, 1985-91, the collection consists of
50 items from the former communist party, diplomatic, and intelligence
archives in Sofia.
Included are secret speeches by Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev
and transcripts of his meetings with his Bulgarian counterpart Todor
Zhivkov, addressing the crisis of the alliance and the challenge
of its developing a new relationship with its Western adversaries.
The documents were selected by the Cold War Research Group-Bulgaria,
a PHP affiliate. They are introduced by an analytical commentary
by its coordinator, Dr. Jordan Baev.
As with other historical sources prepared for research on the PHP
website, the Bulgarian documents are reproduced in original and
in complete or partial English translations or with English summaries.
For interviews, contact the Project Coordinator at Mst3696@aol.com.
PARALLEL HISTORY PROJECT ON NATO AND THE WARSAW
Sponsored by the Center for Security Studies and Conflict Research
of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich,
the National Security Archive at the George Washington University in
and the Institute of Military Studies in Vienna
In association with the Cold War International History Project of
the Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, DC, Hannah Arendt Institute
for Research on Totalitarianism, Dresden, Institute of Political
Studies, Warsaw, Cold War Research Group, Sofia, Institute of
International Relations, Prague, Cold War History Research Center,
Affiliated with the Partnership for Peace