About Security Issues Online

A collection that provides critical information and context during an increasingly insecure time, Security Issues Online is a research and learning database providing in one place comparative documentation, analysis, and interpretation of major events and themes related to security. Upon completion, Security Issues Online will grow to include 100,000 pages of text and 150 hours of video that provide useful findings on key events and themes throughout the 20th and early 21st centuries.

The collection provides primary and secondary materials across multiple media formats and content types for each selected event, including Iran (1940s to the Present), 1960 U-2 Incident, World War II and Intelligence, Cold War: The Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis, 1961-1962, and more. Resources for each topic guide users through the full scope of the event, from the historical context that made such security issues possible through the international response, steps for retaliation, and global reaction. Future releases will include content on nuclear testing, cyber security, North Korea and international relations, the Northern Ireland Conflict, and more.

Resources to support the study of the events will include upon completion:

  1. Contemporary personal accounts and artifacts such as a sample of diaries, letters, individual papers, and personal items—identity cards, ration cards, government records such as arrest warrants and documentation of confiscation of property and forcible detention—that allow students to understand the impact of policies on individuals.
  2. Contemporaneous television footage, photographs, and press releases that show how events were portrayed in the media as they took place.
  3. Government, NGO, and court documentation, including memos, reports, court transcripts, and testimonies.
  4. Documentaries, interviews, monographs, essays, and articles that help contextualize the primary sources and clarify the breadth of the events.
  5. Reference material such as maps, bibliographies, and chronologies that provide key overviews and analyses of events.
  6. Links to third-party web content, including resources local and contemporaneous to the events.

The project is curated with assistance from an advisory board of respected scholars in the field. Content is provided by preeminent historical archives and other respected content partners including Archives, Routledge, TVF International, Georgetown University: Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, and Cambridge University Press.

Editorial Board

Sharad Joshi (University of Richmond)

Stephen Long (Middlebury Institute of International Studies)

Landon Turner (New Jersey City University)

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Materials contained on the Alexander Street platform include historical content that may contain offensive language, negative stereotypes or inaccurate representations. Alexander Street does not endorse the views expressed in such materials, but believes they should be made available in context to enable scholarly comparison, analysis and research.

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