The Wilson Center and Nuclear History
Jul 15, 2014
East China Normal University announces a call for papers for its international workshop on the international response to China's first nuclear bomb. more
July 08, 2014 // 9:30am — 11:00am
East China Normal University announces a call for papers for its international workshop on the international response to China's first nuclear bomb.
Sixteen students from twelve countries converged in Allumiere, Italy for NPIHP's annual 10-day Nuclear History Boot Camp. This year's boot camp faculty featured nineteen leading experts on the nuclear age.
Dr. Ruud van Dijk will join the NPIHP between April and June 2014 as a Wilson Center public policy scholar to conduct work on his project "The 'Euromissile Crisis,' the Dutch, and Changing Perceptions of Nuclear Weapons, 1977-1987.
NPIHP is pleased to announce the release of Vinod Kumar's new book, India and the Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime: The Perennial Outlier, published through Cambridge University Press.
July 08, 2014 // 9:30am — 11:00am
June 25, 2014 // 11:00am — 12:30pm
In this presentation, Benoit Pelopidas argues that the French understanding of the outcome of the Cuban missile crisis as a diplomatic victory rather than a result of good fortune could lead to an overconfidence in nuclear safety and security in France. Beyond the French example, Dr. Pelopidas’ analysis unveils the ways in which collective memory can create retrospective illusions of nuclear safety and security.
April 25, 2014 // 12:30pm — 2:00pm
This research update co-published with the National Security Archive includes the publication of recently declassified satellite photographs of the South African Nuclear Test site from 1977, a new release of a CIA report on the September 1979 South Atlantic Mystery Flash, and Department of Energy and Defense Intelligence Agency Reports illuminating pre-war controversy over the Iraqi procurement of aluminum tubes for an alleged gas centrifuge program
New records from the Dutch National Archives illuminate the negotiations around the MLF, a failed U.S. attempt to develop an integrated NATO nuclear navy.
NPIHP Working Paper #3. Jayita Sarkar explores technological collaboration between the French and Indian Atomic Energy Commissions, using new archival documents to expose how shared opposition to U.S. information censorship and the desire to preserve foreign policy independence fostered nuclear collaboration between the two nations.
Three years ago, an earthquake unleashed a powerful tsunami that slammed into the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, causing a meltdown of three of the plants six nuclear reactors. On the eve of the anniversary of the disaster, we spoke with Japan’s Vice Minister for the Environment, Hideki Makihara.
According to some historical accounts, Israel came very close to deploying nuclear weapons during the Yom Kippur War. But a newly released firsthand account of high-level deliberations provides a more nuanced account of what occurred. Avner Cohen is a senior fellow at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies and a former Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Dr. Cohen is the author of two groundbreaking books on Israeli nuclear history and has worked with the Nuclear Proliferation International History Project for the past two years to facilitate the release of historical materials from his research collection.
William Pomeranz, Acting Director of the Kennan Institute, discusses political and economic trends in post-Soviet countries. Lauren McCarthy, research scholar with the Kennan Institute, discusses continuing problems with human trafficking and slave labor in the Russian Federation.
Lecturer, University of Bristol
Benoît Pelopidas is a lecturer in International Relations at the University of Bristol and an affiliate of CISAC, Stanford University. His research investigates the effects of particular understandings of nuclear history on the framing of current and future nuclear weapons policies, with particular...
Nuclear Proliferation International History Project Nuclear Boot Camp Alumna (2011)
Christine M. Leah recently completed her PhD at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre of the Australian National University. Previously, she was a summer associate at the RAND Corporation, a research intern at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Singapore, the French Ministry...
Crispin Rovere served as ACT International Affairs Policy Committee convener for the governing Australian Labor Party (2010-2012), founding member of the Secretariat of the Asia Pacific Leadership Network for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (APLN) (2010-2012), and Pacific Forum Young Leade...