The CIA’s mandate has been to “produce and disseminate foreign intelligence relating to the national security, including foreign political, economic, scientific, technical, military, geographical, and sociological intelligence to meet the needs of the President, the National Security Council, and other elements of the U.S. Government.” These CIA Research Reports resulted in a diverse body of documentation about the developments in Europe, seen from an American perspective (4 reels).
FINDING AID: CIA Research Reports: Europe, 1946-1976
CIA Research Reports: Africa, 1946-1976
This series, covering the three eventful decades starting in 1946, comprises 206 titles. Roughly a third deal with international questions; of those focusing on individual countries, the Congo is given most attention (85 titles), having been the subject of weekly reports for six months starting in November 1964. A good portion (47) of the total are designated biographical reports, especially from South Africa (3 reels).
FINDING AID: CIA Research Reports: Africa, 1946-1976
CIA Research Reports: China, 1946-1976
CIA Research Reports: China, 1946-1976 includes assessments of the civil war and its immediate consequences at home and elsewhere in Asia. Communist morale and dissent were evaluated periodically, as were the major leaders on both sides. The Cultural Revolution of the late 1960s was the focus of several essays examining its many facets. Topics that never made headlines were also treated, such as relations between the army, the party, and the provincial authorities, and efforts at educational reforms (6 reels).
FINDING AID: CIA Research Reports: China, 1946-1976
CIA Research Reports: Japan, Korea, and the Security of Asia, 1946-1976
CIA Research Reports: Japan, Korea, and the Security of Asia includes several essays on the strategic importance of the Far East in the cold war before the outbreak of fighting in Korea and an assessment of the probabilities of Chinese intervention in Korea in late 1950. Japanese security policy changes and its future relations with Korea were both addressed in 1966. Occasional review of problems in Indonesia, Australia, and the Philippines are also included (5 reels).
CIA Research Reports: Latin America, 1946-1976
The CIA Research Reports: Latin America, 1946-1976 provide information on political activities in Latin America, especially those that could be “troublesome” to the United States. A good amount of attention is given to Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Brazil, but a number of other Latin American countries are covered as well. The focus lies overwhelmingly with suspected communist activity in all these areas. Some of the reels from 1965 also deal with.
FINDING AID: CIA Research Reports: Latin America, 1946-1976
CIA Research Reports: Middle East, 1946-1976
CIA Research Reports: Middle East, 1946-1976 provide information on intelligence activities, political situations and foreign relations with myriad countries in the Middle East. Reports on Egypt, Iran, Israel and Saudi Arabia are most numerous, but countries such as Yemen, Oman and Afghanistan are also included. This collection also contains a couple of items on Malcolm X and Egypt.
FINDING AID: CIA Research Reports: Middle East, 1946-1976
CIA Research Reports: Soviet Union, 1946-1976
The CIA Research Reports: Soviet Union, 1946-1976 are predominantly concerned with information on agriculture, economics and military forces in the Soviet Union, but they also covers diverse subjects such as natural sources, Yugoslavia and operations of the Moscow Narodny Bank in Singapore. Because of the closed nature of Soviet society, reliable intelligence on Soviet internal and foreign affairs has been a key priority for the CIA. Now these insightful documents are available from UPA (5 reels).
FINDING AID: CIA Research Reports: Soviet Union, 1946-1976
CIA Research Reports: Vietnam and Southeast Asia, 1946-1976
CIA Research Reports: Vietnam and Southeast Asia, 1946-1976 contains CIA staff evaluations of most of the leading issues of the period starting well before Dien Bien Phu. “Status Report on Covert Actions in Vietnam” dates from 1962, and “The Viability of South Vietnam” from 1964. There are periodic efforts to read enemy intentions and assess damages on both sides. Several reports review the political machinations of the Saigon government in the election campaigns. Attention is also given to events in neighboring Cambodia, Thailand, and Laos (7 reels).
CIA Research Reports: Vietnam and Southeast Asia, Supplement 1961-1971
Vietnam and Southeast Asia, Supplement devotes four reels to reports from South Vietnam, primarily 1961-1971, with 12 additional items on the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and American prisoner and MIA issues into 1979. The Tet Offensive is reported in 20 memos dated January 30 through February 5, 1968, and there are numerous memos on enemy troop strength estimates throughout. The first two reels offer 29 items on Cambodia, 57 on Laos, and 120 on North Vietnam, all primarily from years 1962 to 1975 (6 reels).