Nuclear Weapons Events

Foreign Relations of the United States and the Cuban Missile Crisis

October 23, 2012 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Cold War International History Project
The Cold War International History Project in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State’s Office of the Historian presents a panel discussion, Foreign Relations of the United States and the Cuban Missile Crisis.
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Pakistan's Nuclear Posture

October 19, 2012 // 12:00pm1:30pm
International Security Studies
This meeting featuring Michael Krepon of The Stimson Center, is part of an ongoing series co-sponsored with the Los Alamos National Laboratory that provides a forum for policy specialists from Congress and the Executive, business, academia, and journalism to exchange information and share perspectives on current nonproliferation issues.
photo by Mona Youssef
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Iran, Palestine, and the Arab Spring: The View from Israel

October 18, 2012 // 12:00pm1:30pm
Middle East Program
The Middle East is churning – Iran, Syria, Libya, Egypt, and the Israeli-Palestinian issue. Rarely had there been a period this complex with so many moving parts. Join us as Efraim Halevy, former Director of Mossad and one of Israel’s most preeminent strategic thinkers, talks about developments in the region and their implications for Israel and the United States.
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The Soviet Cuban Missile Crisis: Castro, Mikoyan, Kennedy, Khrushchev, and the Missiles of November

October 17, 2012 // 3:30pm5:00pm
Cold War International History Project
Based on secret transcripts of top-level diplomacy undertaken by the number-two Soviet leader, Anastas Mikoyan, to settle the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, this book rewrites conventional history. The "missiles of October" and "13 days" were only half the story: the nuclear crisis actually stretched well into November 1962 as the Soviets secretly planned to leave behind in Cuba over 100 tactical nuclear weapons, then reversed themselves because of obstreperous behavior by Fidel Castro. The highly-charged negotiations with the Cuban leadership, who bitterly felt sold out by Soviet concessions to the United States, were led by Mikoyan.
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Is the World More Dangerous 50 years after the Cuban Missile Crisis?

October 15, 2012 // 1:00pm2:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
In October the world will observe the 50th Anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, when the world came closest to nuclear war. In this Wilson Center National Conversation, panelists will discuss the Cuban Missile Crisis and the lessons that it holds in the context of the upcoming US presidential election.

The Ayatollah's Nuclear Gamble: the Human Cost of Military Strikes against Iran's Nuclear Facilities

October 12, 2012 // 1:00pm3:00pm
Middle East Program
Khosrow Semnani will present the findings of his new report, “The Ayatollah’s Nuclear Gamble,” which offers a detailed, scientific discussion of the human and environmental consequences of a military strike on Iranian nuclear facilities. The report and the discussion will highlight a largely overlooked issue in the intensifying public debate in the United States over the wisdom of using military force to try to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

The 2015 NPT Review Conference: Challenges and Opportunities

September 28, 2012 // 12:00pm1:30pm
International Security Studies
With Susan F. Burk, Special Representative of the President for Nuclear Nonproliferation, Department of State. Co-sponsored by International Security Studies at the Wilson Center and the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
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Iran, Iraq, and the GCC: New Realities in Persian Gulf Security

September 28, 2012 // 9:00am12:00pm
Middle East Program
As Iraq strengthens its political, defense, and security capabilities, Iran’s claims to hegemony in the Gulf and over Iraq appear to be weakening. Professors David Siddhartha Patel, Mohsen Milani, and F. Gregory Gause will examine Iraqi, Iranian, and Gulf Arab perceptions of a shifting balance of power in the region and its implications for strategic planning and regional stability. Roy Mottahedeh will analyze the role and influence of the Shi’a clerics and institutions in Iraq and Iran on politics and governance.

Thirteen Days and More: A Soviet Perspective on the Cuban Missile Crisis

September 24, 2012 // 4:00pm5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
Fifty years ago, the world spent thirteen days transfixed as the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. engaged in a contest of wills over placement of Soviet missiles in Cuba. Svetlana Savranskaya will discuss behind-the-scenes maneuvers by Soviet second-in-command Anastas Mikoyan, revealing that the crisis lasted into November and involved plans by the U.S.S.R. to leave tactical nuclear weapons in Cuba, foiled not by U.S. resolve, but by Fidel Castro’s own actions.

OFF-SITE CONFERENCE: United Atoms in a Divided World: The Early History of the International Atomic Energy Agency

September 16, 2012 // 7:30pmSeptember 18, 2012 // 3:00pm
Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
The Department of Contemporary History at the University of Vienna in collaboration with the Wilson Center's Nuclear Proliferation International History Project will host an international conference on the history of the IAEA during the cold war years. The conference will cover a wide range of issues, including the creation of the Agency, its role in the nuclear non-proliferation regime, and the Agency's technical programs. Beyond that, the conference seeks to discuss the cultural, societal, and economic context of the IAEA's early history.

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