Statement of Solidarity

At its meeting on Thursday, the SHAFR Council unanimously affirmed the following statement of solidary:

"The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) affirms that Black Lives Matter and condemns state and non-state violence against racialized communities in the United States and abroad.  We stand in solidarity with those who have been fighting anti-Black racism and vow to continue working for the full inclusion and equality of all peoples in all institutions and communities to which we belong, including SHAFR. 

"Consistent with SHAFR's mission to promote 'the study, advancement, and dissemination of knowledge of American foreign relations,' we believe in identifying the inequities and imbalances of power and influence between and within states and highlighting the connections between racism, patriarchy, economic exploitation, and imperialism.  We hope you will join us in fostering research and dialogue including diverse constituencies, working towards meaningful change, justice, and healing."

[Zoom] 22 June- New On-Line Global Research Tactics for the Twenty-First Century

New On-Line Global Research Tactics for the Twenty-First Century

Monday 22 June, 12 Noon to 14:00 (EDT) via Zoom


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SHAFR 2020 Virtual Conference

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the SHAFR 2020 Annual Meeting scheduled for June 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana was cancelled.  We have set up a virtual conference page that includes:

  • The audio version of this year's SHAFR 2020 Presidential Address- "Inposts of Empire" by Kristin Hoganson, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana.  As per SHAFR's usual custom, it will later appear in print in Diplomatic History.
  • The SHAFR 2020 Final Program
  • Abstracts from those accepted participants and panels that wished to organize virtual events this week.
  • Announcement of the SHAFR 2020 prize winners that would have ordinarily been awarded at the annual meeting.

All of this can be found on the SHAFR 2020 Virtual Conference site.

AOTUS Letter to Researchers

Colleagues from the Society for History of American Foriegn Relations,

Please find attached a letter to our researchers that I hope you will share with your members.  This letter has also been posted to our website and to my blog.

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CCWH Awards [Deadline- 15 June 2020]

Coordinating Council for Women in History (CCWH) Awards
Deadline- June 15, 2020

The CCWH offers six awards. For full descriptions and application procedures, see

ASIL Virtual Annual Meeting- 25-26 June 2020

Dear Colleagues,

On June 25-26, 2020, the American Society of International Law will present its first-ever Virtual Annual Meeting. Now in its 114th year, the ASIL Annual Meeting is one of the largest gatherings of international lawyers, scholars, judges, and diplomats in the world.

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NARA COVID-19 Update

Dear Colleagues:

The National Archives and Records Administration exists to provide access to the records that document the history of the United States.  However, sometimes history happens around us and forces us to change the way we approach our work, at least for the time being. All of us are living through a historic crisis as we adapt to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. We at the National Archives are keenly aware of the uncertainty faced by our staff and our colleagues in the archival community and cultural and educational organizations. Institutions and individuals are facing unprecedented challenges in an effort to continue their regular operations.

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2019 Report of the Advisory Committee on Historical Diplomatic Documentation

The 2019 Report of the Advisory Committee on Historical Diplomatic Documentation is now available on the SHAFR Research page.

SHAFR Archival Records Sharing Group

SHAFR Archival Records Sharing Group
April 23, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

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Watch the SHAFR 2014 Plenary- "Fall of the Berlin Wall"

Watch the SHAFR 2014 Plenary - "Fall of the Berlin Wall"

Watch the SHAFR 2014 plenary session, "The Fall of the Wall: A 25th Anniversary Reassessment," on the C-SPAN Video Library, as broadcast Sunday on C-SPAN3's American History TV.

Featured on the video are Richard Immerman (Temple University) as moderator with panelists Jeffrey A. Engel (Southern Methodist University), Melvyn P. Leffler (University of Virginia), Mary Sarotte (University of Southern California), and James G. Wilson (Office of the Historian, U.S. Department of State). The full video on C-SPAN's video library includes a fully searchable transcript and closed captioning. Thanks to C-SPAN for filming and producing this highlight from our June conference in Lexington.