Management of intelligence archives of fallen authoritarian regimes

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dc.contributor Riter, Robert B.
dc.contributor Beeler, John F.
dc.contributor.advisor Aversa, Elizabeth Smith
dc.contributor.author Blum, David Alexander
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-01T16:51:55Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-01T16:51:55Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0001389
dc.identifier.other Blum_alatus_0004M_11486
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/1855
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract This thesis poses the question: What happens to intelligence archives when authoritarian regimes collapse? These files have both personal privacy and national security connotations that separate them from most archival material. As countries make the transition towards democracy, what can be done and are there any lessons learned from historical examples? Three cases have been examined: the Soviet Union's KGB, East Germany's Stasi, and Apartheid South Africa's NIS. This research examines how the files were handled by the regimes while they were in power, what happened during the transition, and the status of the archives after the transformation of government. The research finds that while some outcomes are positive or negative, the decisions and the situations are not clear-cut. Not all information can be released as a country becomes a democracy, while information can be obtained from nations that restrict their democratic reforms. These cases provide examples of the decisions that leaders and archivists could make to open these files to citizens. Although each country is unique in how a government will be run, this work offers additional perspectives on what policies could be in place for other countries in the future.
dc.format.extent 70 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Library science
dc.title Management of intelligence archives of fallen authoritarian regimes
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of Library and Information Studies
etdms.degree.discipline Library and Information Studies
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.name M.L.I.S.


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