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Nation History

Nation History news and analysis from The Nation

  • May 25, 2000

    When the CIA Was the NEA

    In June 1948 George Kennan, director of the State Department's policy planning staff, drafted National Security Directive NSC-10/2.

    Michael P. Rogin

  • March 30, 2000

    Pakistan on the Brink

    Pakistan today is a complete mess, a sad example of what can happen when a once-favored "frontline state" is reduced to the status of a cold war orphan.

    Tariq Ali

  • March 16, 2000

    Honor the Blacklistees

    After last year's brouhaha surrounding the presentation by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of a Lifetime Achievement Award to Elia Kazan, one member of the academy had an idea.

    Victor Navasky

  • January 13, 2000

    Of Scientists and Spies

    After thirty years spent building the Federation of American Scientists into one of the country's most valuable and venerable institutional voices for peace, democracy and real security, Jeremy S

    Eric Alterman

  • January 6, 2000

    Saying It Ain’t So on Joe

    The cold war has been over for a decade but it lingers on the American home front.

    Stanley I. Kutler


  • November 4, 1999

    A Son’s Own Story

    If you are looking for a piece of new evidence that will finally vindicate or convict Alger Hiss with certainty, you won't find it in Tony Hiss's poignant father-son memoir, A View From Alger'

    Jack Gelber

  • October 14, 1999

    How We Ended the Cold War

    It is now ten years since the Berlin wall crumbled, but the question of how and why the cold war was concluded still lingers.

    John Tirman

  • June 17, 1999

    Cables Coming in From the Cold

    Nearly four years ago, soon after the initial public release by the National Security Agency (NSA) of its long-secret Venona archive--decoded Soviet intelligence messages transmitted by telegraph

    Walter Schneir and Miriam Schneir

  • May 6, 1999

    The Spies Who Loved Us?

    I still kick myself for not having saved the short story I wrote for composition class in seventh grade in which I described how the Russians took over my small suburban community.

    Ellen Schrecker

  • March 18, 1999

    The Forgotten Oscar

    In the run-up to Sunday's Oscar ceremony the focus was on Elia Kazan and whether the Motion Picture Academy was doing the right thing by honoring him with a Lifetime Achievement Award (see page 5

    Victor Navasky