On Tuesday, October 1, 2013, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the William J. Clinton Presidential Library will release more than 300 newly declassified documents on intelligence and presidential policymaking during the 1992-1995 Bosnian War at a symposium hosted by the Clinton Presidential Library and the Clinton Foundation. The symposium, titled Bosnia, Intelligence, and the Clinton Presidency, will examine the Balkan conflict and the role of intelligence in informing senior policymakers. The collection highlights the accomplishments of the Clinton Administration in brokering the agreement that resolved the armed conflict in the Balkans and the role the Interagency Balkan Task Force played in informing policymakersí decisions.
President Clinton will deliver remarks at the symposium, marking the first time a president will participate in a CIA declassification event. Past events have included Ronald Reagan: Intelligence and the End of the Cold War at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Penetrating the Iron Curtain: Resolving the Missile Gap with Technology at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library.
Other symposium speakers will include former Secretary of State and United Nations Ambassador Madeleine Albright, former Supreme Allied Commander Europe Gen. Wesley Clark, former National Security Advisor Sandy Berger, former National Security Advisor to Vice President Gore Leon Fuerth, and former CIA Deputy Director for Intelligence John Gannon.
In 1995, President Clinton signed Executive Order 12958, which prescribed a uniform system for classifying, safeguarding, and declassifying national security information. As a result of the order, thousands of documents have been declassified on a wide range of issues. The Bosnia collection -- the youngest ever released in the CIA Historical Review Programís (HRP) 20-year existence -- represents a transition from HRPís releases of largely Cold War-era documents to more contemporary records that address modern intelligence activities.
The HRP, part of CIA Information Management Services, identifies, collects and produces historically relevant collections of declassified materials. These collections are centered on a theme or event, and made available online with supporting analysis, essays, video, audio, and photographs at https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/historical-collection-publications/.
LOCATION: The symposium will be held from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 1 in the Great Hall of the William J. Clinton Presidential Center, 1200 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock, AR. Doors open at noon. Due to space limitations, the symposium is invitation only but will be live streamed at www.clintonpresidentialcenter.org.
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