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White House Situation RoomBelow are previously classified documents organized by topic. The records focus primarialy on foreign affairs. These records were declassified and made available to the public through a Mandatory Declassification Review request.

In addition to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, records may be released via a Mandatory Declassification Review (MDR).  MDRs are authorized under Executive Order 13526, which allows the public to request a classification review of a withdrawn, classified document.  The document must be classified in order to qualify for MDR; otherwise, the request must be made under FOIA.

The request must be specific in scope (preferably individual documents) so that they can be readily located. If classified documents from a particular subject are desired, that request should first be made under FOIA.

Declassified Records
How to make a Mandatory Declassification Review request
How requests for Mandatory Declassification Review requests are processed
Limitations on Mandatory Declassification Review
Contact Information


Declassified Records

Bosnia - These Mandatory Declassification Reviews contain material on Bosnia, specifically on the international response in the wake of the atrocities in and around Srebrenica in the summer of 1995. Head of State talking points, a memo to President Clinton from the National Security Advisor, a memorandum of a telephone conversation (telcon) with President Jacques Chirac of France, and various Department of State cables are included.
MDR 2012-0800-M
MDR 2012-0801-M

Bosnia - This collection consists of more than 300 declassified documents related to the Director of Central Intelligence Interagency Balkan Task Force (BTF) and the role of intelligence in supporting policymaking during the 1992-1995 Bosnian War.


Central and Eastern Europe - This Mandatory Declassification Review contains the December 1993 Interagency Working Group (IWG) report on Presidential Review Directive 36 (PRD-36, U.S. Policy Toward Central and Eastern Europe).
MDR 2010-0190-M
Czech Republic - This Mandatory Declassification Review contains two memorandums of conversation (memcons). The first memcon is between President Clinton and President Lech Walesa of Poland on April 21, 1993. The second memcon is between President Clinton and President Vaclav Havel of the Czech Republic on April 20, 1993.
MDR 2009-0223-M
Germany - This Mandatory Declassification Review contains correspondence between President Clinton and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder from December 1999. The cable discusses the negotiations to assist former Nazi-era slave and forced laborers.
MDR 2006-0876-M

International Space Station - This declassification review contains material on the 1993 decision to build the International Space Station. A 1993 memo to the National Security Advisor, Anthony Lake, is included.

Iraq - This Mandatory Declassification Review contains material on military operations against Iraq (Operation Desert Fox) during November and December 1998. The records include memos, notes, talking points, cables, emails, and telephone conversations (telcons).
MDR 2009-1292-M
Japan - This Mandatory Declassification Review contains a memorandum of conversation (memcon) between President Clinton and Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto of Japan on November 24, 1997.
MDR 2007-1828-M

Japan - This Mandatory Declassification Review contains a memorandum of conversation (memcon) between President Clinton and Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto of Japan on November 28, 1997.
MDR 2007-1829-M
Kosovo - This declassification review contains a September 1998 memo from the National Security Advisor to President Clinton regarding a NATO ultimatum and a March 1999 meeting memo on military options.

Kosovo - This Mandatory Declassification Review contains a telcon between President Clinton and Hashim Thaci, political leader of the Kosovo Liberation Army, on June 20, 1999.
MDR 2012-0515-M
National Security Council (NSC) - This Mandatory Declassification Review contains the Summary of Conclusions for the Principals and Deputies Committee (PC/DC) meetings of the National Security Council (NSC). The topics covered include Haiti, Bosnia, Kosovo, and Iraq from 1994 thru 1999.
MDR 2009-0983-M
Poland - This Mandatory Declassification Review contains two memorandums of conversation (memcons). The first memcon is between President Clinton and President Lech Walesa of Poland on April 21, 1993. The second memcon is between President Clinton and President Vaclav Havel of the Czech Republic on April 20, 1993.
MDR 2009-0223-M
Presidential Decision Directive (PDD)
Presidential Decision Directive 47 (PDD-47) Nuclear Scientific and Technical Cooperation with Russia Related to Stockpile Safety and Security and Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) Monitoring and Verification (3/4/1996). Declassified as part of MDR 2010-0427-M.

Presidential Decision Directive 62 (PDD-62) Protection Against Unconventional Threats to the Homeland and Americans Overseas (5/22/1998).

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Presidential Review Directives (PRD)
Presidential Review Directive 36 (PRD 36) U.S. Policy Toward Central and Eastern Europe (7/5/1993). Declassified as part of MDR 2010-0190-M.

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Russia - This Mandatory Declassification Review contains cables between President Clinton and President Boris Yeltsin of Russia on the situation in Kosovo, circa 1998/1999.
MDR 2009-1290-M

Russia - This Mandatory Declassification Review contains a memo to President Clinton regarding an upcoming telephone conversation (telcon) with President Boris Yeltsin of Russia. The August 1998 memo covers several topics, including the U.S. air strikes in Afghanistan and Sudan.
MDR 2009-1291-M

Russia - This Mandatory Declassification Review contains several documents that were mentioned in Presidential Decision Directive 47 (PDD-47), including a cable from President Clinton to President Boris Yeltsin of Russia on the Comprehensive Test Ban (CTB).
MDR 2010-0427-M

Russia - This declassification review contains correspondence between President Clinton and President Boris Yeltsin of Russia from 1997 thru 1999. The cables and letters cover a variety of topics: Iraq, Kosovo, and the release of an American missionary held in Chechnya.

Russia - This declassification review contains a memcon between President Clinton and President Boris Yeltsin of Russia on June 20, 1999.

Rwanda - This Mandatory Declassification Review contains material on Rwanda from 1993 and 1994. The records include cables, reports, memos, maps, and head of state correspondence.
MDR 2010-0639-M-1

Rwanda - This Mandatory Declassification Review contains material on Rwanda from 1995 thru 1998. The records include trip reports, discussion papers, memos, NSC Deputies Committee and Ad Hoc Summaries of Conclusions, and head of state correspondence.
MDR 2012-0316-M (Part 1)
MDR 2012-0316-M (Part 2)
Link to Finding Aid

United Kingdom - This Mandatory Declassification Review contains memorandums of conversation (memcons) between President Clinton and Prime Minister Tony Blair of the United Kingdom, from 1995 thru 1998. Also included are briefing memos and talking points from the National Security Advisor to the President.
MDR 2009-0816-M

United Kingdom - This Mandatory Declassification Review contains material on correspondence between President Clinton and Prime Minister Tony Blair of the United Kingdom. The records include cables and memos in preparation for a January 1998 meeting.
MDR 2011-0706-M
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To make a Mandatory Declassification Review request
  1. Download NA Form 14020 - PDF or DOC format
  2. Complete Sections I, II, and III by copying the information from the Withdrawal/Redaction Sheet into Sections II and III.
  3. Send the completed NA Form 14020 to clinton.library@nara.gov or mail it to the Clinton Presidential Library:
Mandatory Review Archivist
Clinton Presidential Library and Museum
1200 President Clinton Ave.
Little Rock, AR 72201 More details on submitting a Mandatory Declassification Review request:
  • The Presidential Libraries Mandatory Declassification Review Request form (NA Form 14020) should be used when submitting a request for a Mandatory Declassification Review in accordance with Section 3.5 of Executive Order 13526.
  • The requestor should fill out section I to provide contact information.
  • Sections II and III should be completed by the requestor using the information provided on the Withdrawal/Redaction Sheet. The documents identified on the request form should be from one folder only.
    • If all documents requested from a single folder cannot be listed on a single form, use additional forms as necessary.
    • If you are requesting documents from more than one folder, use a separate request form for each folder, even if the folders are from the same box. The Clinton Presidential Library may, at its discretion, divide requests and assign separate case numbers in order to facilitate handling by the reviewing agencies.
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Once the Clinton Presidential Library receives a Mandatory Declassification Review request, it will be processed as follows:
  • The Clinton Presidential Library will submit copies to the originating agency and/or other agencies that have primary subject matter interest in the document.
  • Each agency that has primary subject matter interest will review the document and advise the Clinton Presidential Library of its decision.
  • After all agency responses have been received by the Clinton Presidential Library, the requestor will be notified of the results of the agencies’ declassification reviews. Documents will be released in accordance with 44 USC § 2201-2207 and Executive Order 13489. Since these are Presidential records administered in accordance with 44 U.S.C. § 2201-2207 and Executive Order 13489, NARA must notify the former and incumbent Presidents prior to the release of any information in response to these Mandatory Declassification Review requests. If an agency denies a request for declassification, the requestor may appeal this decision to the agency's appellate authority through the Clinton Presidential Library. The Clinton Presidential Library will provide the requestor with appeal instructions in its notification letter prior to public release. An appeal of a sanitized or exempted document must be received by the Clinton Presidential Library within 60 days of the document’s public release.
    • If the agency reviews the document on appeal and determines that more information may be released without harm to national security, the document will be released in accordance with the regulations governing access to the Clinton Presidential Records (44 U.S.C. § 2201-2207 and Executive Order 13489). The requestor then has the right to appeal the agency’s determination to the Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel (ISCAP) within 60 days of the document’s public release.
    • If the agency reviews the document on appeal and determines that it cannot release any further information without harm to national security, the requestor will be notified immediately and informed of the right to file an appeal with the Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel (ISCAP) for final adjudication.
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Limitations on Mandatory Declassification Review:
  • Documents that have been reviewed by an agency with declassification authority and exempted from declassification may not be resubmitted for declassification review until two years from the date of an agency's final determination. The two year rule applies regardless of whether the agency reviewed the document as a mandatory declassification review in accordance with Section 3.5 of Executive Order 13526 or as a systematic declassification review in accordance with Section 3.4 the Order.
  • Only those requestors identified at the time the Mandatory Review (MR) request is submitted for agency review will have the right to appeal an agency’s final determination.
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Contact Information:
    Email: clinton.library@nara.gov (Subject: Mandatory Review)
    Phone: 501-244-2849
    Mail: Mandatory Review Archivist
    Clinton Presidential Library and Museum
    1200 President Clinton Ave.
    Little Rock, AR 72201

 

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