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Historical Record of U.S. Foreign Relations

"FRUS" from 1919

Washington, DC
Sunday, March 16, 2014

A panel of historians discusses the past, present, and future of the work of the State Department’s Office of the Historian and the Foreign Relations of the United States series. The Foreign Relations series, or FRUS as it is commonly known, is the official, multi-volume record of the US Government’s foreign policies and activities. The panel also discusses the internal declassification struggle as well as the Office of the Historian’s statutory commitments under the 1991 FRUS act. 

Updated: Monday, March 17, 2014 at 8:35am (ET)

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