In the early 1980s, Brazilian nuclear activities were facing stark challenges. The 1975 Brazil-West German nuclear cooperation agreement had inspired strong opposition from the US and elsewhere. The landmark agreement provided for reactor construction and the transfer of uranium enrichment and plutonium reprocessing capabilities that would give Brazil mastery of the entire nuclear fuel cycle. Officials in Washington viewed the agreement as a major proliferation risk.
North Korea’s recent warnings to diplomats and foreigners living in Pyongyang that their safety cannot be guaranteed because of the tense situation on the Korean Peninsula are not unprecedented. Documents obtained and translated by the North Korea International Documentation Project (NKIDP) reveal that North Korea has issued similar warnings during past crises in Korea.
New from the CWIHP Book Series: Two Suns in the Heavens: The Sino-Soviet Struggle for Supremacy, 1962-1967, by Sergey Radchenko
CWIHP is pleased to welcome new scholar Zhao Jike to the Wilson Center. During his time at the Center, his research will focus on the United States Information Agency and its role in implementing US policy towards the Soviet Union between 1953 and 1963.
In 1984, China and Japan maintained a pragmatic and cooperative diplomatic partnership. Charles Kraus, Sergey Radchenko, and Yutaka Kanda assess this "honeymoon" period in Sino-Japanese relations through nineteen newly available Japanese documents, and comment on what it can tell us about the animosity between China and Japan today.
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.'