“Out of the Frying Pan Into the Fire”: A Conversation about Security and Transparency in the Cold War Era Foreign Relations Series
Joint NYPL and U.S. Department of State Program and Workshop to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Foreign Relations of the United States series.
The Foreign Relations of the United States series, the official documentary record of United States foreign policy and diplomatic activity, has embodied the Department of State’s commitment to responsible transparency since 1861. The evolution of the series during the twentieth century, particularly debates in the 1950s surrounding the release of the 1945 Yalta Conference volume, illuminates historical debates within the United States Government over secrecy versus transparency in the realm of diplomacy and national security and tensions between Congress and the Executive Branch in conducting foreign policy. Dr. Josh Botts of the Department of State’s Office of the Historian, and Susan Butler, distinguished historian and biographer, will discuss how the story of the Yalta FRUS volume reflected the interplay of partisan impulses, national security imperatives, and bureaucratic politics in the 1950s.