Project Argentina

Reference Chronology: Argentina Dictatorship, 1976 – 1983

In Spring of 2011, six students, together with Prof. Tandeciarz and Prof. Konefal, began to create a reference chronology on Argentina’s last dictatorship from 1976 – 1983.   The chronology seeks to highlight key events and turning points, focusing especially on human rights and U.S. policy shifts toward the military junta during these years.  The students utilize declassified U.S. State Department documents for their research, in addition to drawing from academic literature and other primary sources (found here in an annotated glossary).  The chronology was published and made available to researchers, academics, and students by the NSA as a companion and reference to a complete set of over 3,000 declassified documents: see Osorio, Carlos, ed. Argentina, 1975:1980: The Making of U.S. Human Rights Policy. Washington, D.C.: The National Security Archive and Chadwyck-Healey, 2012. 


Timerman Briefing Book Project

In 2009, ten students, in a course taught by Prof. Tandeciarz, created a Briefing Book for the National Security Archive and a companion Briefing Book for the Comisión Provincial por la Memoria. This project focused on the experiences of journalist Jacobo Timerman, whose detention during the last Argentine dictatorship generated international attention and helped to shape the United States’ human rights agenda.

Judicial Cases

In Fall 2009 and Spring 2010, mentored by Professor Konefal, student research focused on identifying documents in the Archive relevant to ongoing court cases in Argentina. Their work has directly contributed to the prosecution of those responsible for crimes against humanity committed during the period of State Terrorism in five cases before the Argentine Tribunals.