CRRC Status Update – November 2014

Institute for National Strategic Studies
National Defense University
Fort Lesley J. McNair
Washington, D.C. 20319

We are writing to provide you with an update on the status of the
Conflict Records Research Center (CRRC). The Center is again open to researchers at its location in Washington, DC, after being closed for several months.

The CRRC’s government sponsor, the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (OUSD(P)), continues to see the value in providing researchers access to captured records on al-Qaeda affiliated terrorism and Iraq. To that end, OUSD(P) has arranged for the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA)to keep the Center open to researchers as well as to substantially add to the holdings in the digital collection. Of particular interest will be records related to the evolution of al-Qaeda affiliated groups in Iraq from 2003 to 2011. These will be added over the coming months along with records from Saddam Hussein’s regime. Please inquire if you have specific questions related to your research interests.

The CRRC has now entered a transition phase and its long-term future has yet to be determined. IDA will examine options for the future location of the CRRC beyond September 2015. It is widely recognized that the CRRC record collections provide a unique insight into the forces of extremism and authoritarianism that still shape the world today. Their availability to the broadest range of scholars will deepen our collective understanding of these challenges.

A great deal of outstanding scholarship has already been produced using CRRC records since the Center’s founding in 2010. We are happy that this resource continues to be available to you, however since the long-term viability of the Center is still uncertain, we encourage you to arrange to use the Center within the next six months if needed for your research.

We look forward to working with you and value your support.


The Conflict Records Research Center