DECLASSIFIED

This is an expanding collection of declassified government documents on UK foreign policy. It includes: original government documents and transcripts, mainly from the National Archives in London; articles by Mark that analyse these declassified files; and online articles that cover such files.

What do these files and articles reveal?

These files highlight a range of British foreign policies since 1945, notably the UK involvement in coups, wars, covert operations, human rights abuses, arms exports, propaganda operations, and support for repressive regimes. They highlight much of the true nature of the UK’s role in the world, and especially reveal the actual interests and priorities of UK policy-makers – Prime Ministers, Ministers, ambassadors and civil servants. Click on the countries and themes below to view the files and articles.

The public’s right to know

The aim is to eventually build a fully comprehensive and searchable collection of declassified British documents and articles – to make these fully accessible to the public, which has a right to a better knowledge of what has been done, and is being done, in our name. In addition, the project seeks to encourage and support researchers to undertake work online and at the National Archives to publish more documents and articles on the reality of the UK’s role in the world.

Click on the following countries and themes

 

AFGHANISTAN

AFRICA (General)

ARGENTINA / FALKLANDS

BANGLADESH

BAHRAIN

BELIZE

BOSNIA

CAMBODIA

CENSORSHIP OF DOCUMENTS

CHAGOS ISLANDS

CHILE

CHINA AND HONG KONG

CONGO/DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

CUBA

CYPRUS

EAST TIMOR / TIMOR LESTE

EGYPT

GIBRALTAR

GREECE

GRENADA

GUATEMALA

GUYANA/BRITISH GUIANA

INDIA

INDONESIA

INTELLIGENCE/G.C.H.Q.

IRAN

IRAQ

ISRAEL / PALESTINE

ITALY

JORDAN

KENYA

KUWAIT (SOON TO BE ADDED)

LEBANON

LIBYA

LITHUANIA (SOON TO BE ADDED)

MALAYA / MALAYSIA

MALAWI (SOON TO BE ADDED)

MALTA (SOON TO BE ADDED)

MAURITIUS

MIDDLE EAST

NEPAL

NICARAGUA

NORTHERN IRELAND (SOON TO BE ADDED)

NIGERIA

NUCLEAR / CHEMICAL

OMAN

PAKISTAN

QATAR

RENDITION AND TORTURE

RUSSIA / U.S.S.R

RWANDA

SAUDI ARABIA

SINGAPORE

SOMALIA

SOUTH AFRICA

SRI LANKA

SYRIA

UGANDA

TURKEY

UK FOREIGN POLICY (GENERAL)

UNITED STATES

VIETNAM

YEMEN

ZIMBABWE / RHODESIA