16th International Conference of Editors of Diplomatic Documents


The 16th International Conference of Editors of Diplomatic Documents hosted by the Polish Institute of International Affairs was held in Warsaw from June 8 to 11, 2022. It was organised within the framework of cooperation of the editors of diplomatic documents from numerous countries which has been already ongoing for more than 30 years.

The event—carried out for the first time in Central Europe—was attended by the participants from 22 countries to share their professional experience and knowledge in 8 sessions of the conference (during which 27 speeches or presentations were given) concerning the edition and dissemination of the archival documents of foreign policy – both in terms of traditional and digital editing, including the oral history.

The conference provided also an opportunity to present the newest volumes of the Polish Diplomatic Documents series, as well as a collaborative volume of documents Polish Crisis 1980–1982 from the Western Perspective which consists of over a hundred, so far mostly unknown documents from 14 countries and the NATO archive, which were invited to participate in this project.



Thursday, 9 June


Arrival and registration at the conference


Opening of the conference

  • Official welcome by Sławomir Dębski (Director of the Polish Institute of International Affairs)

9.45–11.15 Session 1

Series in New(re)born Countries

  • Chair: Helena Pinto Janeiro (Portugal)
  • Algimantas Kasparavičius (Lithuania): Publication of 20th Century Diplomatic Documents in Lithuania: Experiences and Challenges
  • Oleksandr Avramchuk (Ukraine): A phoney autonomy? Soviet Ukraine’s foreign relations in historical context, 1917–1991
  • Dušan Segeš (Slovakia): «Limited Edition» – Diplomatic Documents Published in Slovakia

11.15-11.30 Conference photo

11.30-12.00 Coffee break

12.00–13.45 Session 2

National Programmes

  • Chair: Jean-Luc De Paepe (Belgium)
  • Jindřich Dejmek, Jan Němeček (Czech Republic): Documents of Czechoslovak Foreign Policy (The State of Research)
  • Gusztáv D. Kecskés (Hungary): Documentary Publications on the First 100 Years of Independent Hungarian Foreign Policy (1918–2018)
  • Miruko Atsuta (Japan): Japanese Diplomatic Documents: Recent Publications and Events on Bilateral Relations
  • Georgios Polydorakis (Greece): Greece Liberated: Recognition and Establishment of Diplomatic and Consular Relations

13.45–14.45 Lunch break

14.45–16.15 Session 3

Gaps in Series (Uncovered Periods), part I

  • Chair: Adam Howard (USA)
  • Sławomir Dębski (Poland): The Missing Decade – the Twenties in Polskie Dokumenty Dyplomatyczne series
  • Richard Smith (United Kingdom): Continuity and Discontinuity in the British Diplomatic Document Publishing Programme
  • Mechthild Lindemann (Germany): The Missing Link: Filling in the Gap in the Series of Documents on the Foreign Policy of the Federal Republic of Germany (AAPD)

16.15–16.45 Coffee break

16.45–18.15 Session 4

Gaps in Series (Uncovered Periods), part II

  • Chair: Elke Freifrau von Boeselager (Germany)
  • Sacha Zala (Switzerland): «Mind the gap!» Swiss Digital Strategies for the «anni horribiles» 1979–1989
  • Matthew Jordan (Australia): No Foreign Policy to Speak of? Recent Efforts to Cover the Prehistory of Documents on Australian Foreign Policy, 1901–1936
  • Mandy A. Chalou (USA): Covering Public Diplomacy in the Foreign Relations Series

18.15–18.30 Questionnaires updates

  • Piotr Długołęcki (Poland)

Friday, 10 June

08.30–09.30 ICEDD Bureau Meeting (Bureau members only)

9.45–11.15 Session 5

The Challenges Beyond Traditional Editing

  • Chair: Jean-Philippe Dumas (France)
  • Cees Heere (Netherlands): Oral History, Digital Publication, and the Diplomatic Archive
  • Joe Wicentowski (USA): New Digital Indexes and Annotations for the Foreign Relations Series
  • Marek Rodzik (Poland): The Challenge of Translation. A Case of «Confronting the Holocaust. Documents on Polish Government in Exile’s Policy Concerning Jews 1939–1945»

11.15–11.45 Coffee break

11.45–13.30 Session 6

Discovering Twitter. Diplomatic Documents in Social Media

  • Chair: Ayşe Selcan Şanlı (Turkey)
  • Mandy A. Chalou (USA): HistoryAtState: An Exploration of 10 Years on Twitter
  • Michael Kennedy (Ireland): Ten Years Tweeting: Looking Back and Thinking Forward
  • Thomas Bürgisser (Switzerland): The Thirtieth is the «annus mirabilis». @Dodis on Social Media
  • Marcin Furdyna (Poland): Twitter from Scratch. How to Present the History of Polish Diplomacy in 280 Characters?

13.30–14.30 Lunch break

14.30–16.00 Session 7

Polish Crisis 1980–1982 from Western Perspective, part I

  • Chair: Antonio Varsori (Italy)
  • Louise Fischer (Israel): An Uncomfortable Legacy: Polish–Israeli Relations in the Early 1980s and the Israeli View of the Crisis in Poland
  • Ilse Dorothee Pautsch (Germany): The Federal Republic of Germany and Polish Crisis 1980/81
  • Nicolas Chibaeff (France): The Polish Crisis and the French Questioning of its Soviet Policy
  • Ineke Deserno (NATO Archives): Declassifying documents on NATO’s view on the situation in Poland in 1981

16.00–16.30 Coffee break

16.30–18.00 Session 8

Polish Crisis 1980–1982 from Western Perspective, part II

  • Chair: Aryo Makko (Sweden)
  • Richard Smith (United Kingdom): Encouraging «socialism with a more human face»: Britain’s Response to the Polish Crisis of 1980–81
  • Mircea A. Munteanu (USA): One of These Days: US Efforts to Discourage a Soviet Invasion of Poland, 1980–1981
  • Piotr Długołęcki (Poland): The Polish Crisis from Western Perspective: An Attempt at Interpretation

18.00–18.15 Coffee break

18.15–19.00 ICEDD General Assembly