New CWIHP Working Paper: The Kuklinski Files and the Polish Crisis of 1980-1981: An Analysis of the Newly Released CIA Documents on Ryszard Kuklinski, by Mark Kramer

Mar 25, 2009

CWIHP is pleased to announce the publication of the latest addition to the CWIHP Working Papers series, Working Paper #59, The Kuklinski Files and the Polish Crisis of 1980-1981: An Analysis of the Newly Released CIA Documents on Ryszard Kuklinski by Mark Kramer.

In this new Working Paper, Kramer analyzes the contents of the new document collection on Ryszard Kuklinski and the preparations for Martial Law in Poland released by the CIA in December and published for the first time on the CWIHP website.

According to Kramer, this new collection of documents from Polish General Staff officer and CIA spy Ryszard Kuklinski sheds some new light on the Polish Crisis, particularly on the situation within Poland, on Soviet- Polish relations in 1981-82, and on the effects that Kuklinski's reporting had upon U.S. policy-makers.

Despite these new insights, Kramer concludes that this release represents only a small percentage of the CIA's Kuklinski materials on Martial Law, and that additional documentary evidence from all sides of the events will be required before historians can fully assess the events of 1980-1981 in Poland.

The Kuklinski Files and the Polish Crisis of 1980-1981: An Analysis of the Newly Released CIA Documents on Ryszard Kuklinski, like all CWIHP publications, is available for download free of charge from the CWIHP website.

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