Nabeel Rajab, a leading human rights activist and president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, will receive the 2011 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award, presented annually by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Jane Harman, Director, President and CEO of the Wilson Center, and James Person, NKIDP Coordinator, write in the LA Times that a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the West Coast of the United States may be available to North Korea in the near future.
The role that nuclear weapons play in international politics and security is evolving. For wealthy, militarily powerful countries, nuclear weapons are playing a diminishing role in security planning. Conversely, some countries that lack advanced military capabilities may be coming to see nuclear weapons as increasingly important for their security. The differences between these two groups are reinforced by the fact that, over the past decade, two dictators who ended their nuclear programs have lost their regimes and their lives. As a result, authoritarian leaders may now have an increasingly personal interest in holding on to their nuclear ambitions. U.S. interests can be advanced by minimizing the association that has developed over the past decade between ending nuclear weapons programs, ending regimes, and ending authoritarian leaders’ lives.
NKIDP Coordinator James Person to deliver a talk on the origins and evolution of North Korea's Juche Thought at the University of Toronto.
H-Soz-u-Kult has released a report on the CWIHP co-sponsored conference The Cold War: History, Memory, Representation, which was held from 14-16 July 2011 at the European Academy in Berlin.
The Nuclear Proliferation International History Project is pleased to announce the publication of the latest NPIHP Research Update by William Burr, senior analyst at the National Security Archive. The paper, U.S. Secret Assistance to the French Nuclear Program, 1969-1975: From "Fourth Country" to Strategic Partner features sixty-six new documents on U.S. assistance to the French nuclear program and the debate in Washington surrounding the French decision to 'go nuclear.'