FRUS is 150 Years Old!

What is FRUS you may ask. It is the acronym for the Foreign Relations of the United States series which began in 1861. This series is published by the Dept. of State’s Office of the Historian and is the official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions and significant diplomatic activity.

Foreign Relations volumes contain documents from Presidential libraries, Departments of State and Defense, National Security Council, Central Intelligence Agency, Agency for International Development, and other foreign affairs agencies as well as the private papers of individuals involved in formulating U.S. foreign policy.

Volumes in the series since 1952 are organized chronologically according to Presidential administrations, and geographically and topically within each subseries: 25 volumes cover the Kennedy administration (1961-1963), 34 cover the Johnson administration (1964-1968), and about 54 are scheduled for the Nixon and Ford administrations (1969-1976). Volumes on the Nixon administration are now being researched, annotated, and prepared for publication.

The most recent volume documents U.S. policy towards the war in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from July 1970 to January 1972. It is the second of five volumes covering the end of the Vietnam war under Presidents Nixon and Ford, 1969–1975.


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