Events

Retrospective Illusions? Nuclear Lessons from French Memory

June 25, 2014 // 11:00am12:30pm
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.

Invitation Only: Knowledge Transfer, WMD Proliferation, and Policy Implications

May 07, 2014 // 9:15am5:15pm
Workshop on Knowledge Transfer, WMD Proliferation and Policy Implications

OFF SITE EVENT—The Making of a Nuclear Order: Negotiating the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

March 01, 2014 // 9:00amMarch 02, 2014 // 5:00pm
The Center for Security Studies (CSS) at ETH Zurich will host a conference aiming to collect evidence about the hitherto overlooked global dimensions of the NPT at the time of its creation. CSS invites papers on both the multilateral negotiations leading to the treaty's text and the national perspectives on the nascent nonproliferation agreement.

OFF-SITE EVENT: Sixty Years of Atoms for Peace

December 06, 2013 // 6:00pm9:00pm
The Department of Contemporary History at the University of Vienna, in collaboration with the Wilson Center's Nuclear Proliferation International History Project, will host a panel discussion on the 60th anniversary of U.S. President Eisenhower's "Atoms for Peace" speech to the United Nationals General Assembly. The discussion will be held off-site at the Bruno Kreisky Forum for International Dialogue on 6 December 2013 at 6:00PM. Speakers include Joseph Pilat, Odette Jankowitsch, Elisabeth Röhrlich, and Oliver Rathkolb.

"Global Nuclear Security in Times of Rapid Technology Change"

June 07, 2013 // 12:00pm1:30pm
The Wilson Center and the Los Alamos National Laboratory presents "Global Nuclear Security in Times of Rapid Technology Change" with Terry C. Wallace, Jr., principal associate director for global security at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. This meeting is part of an ongoing series 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.
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North Korea's Nuclear Challenge: From Brinkmanship to Diplomacy?

May 16, 2013 // 12:00pm1:30pm
This meeting is part of an ongoing series 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.
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Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters

May 08, 2013 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Kate Brown presented "Plutopia", the first history of Richland, Washington and Ozersk, Russia, two communities developed in parallel by opposing nations at the height of the Cold War.

The Senate and Nonproliferation: Reflections over Two Decades

April 19, 2013 // 12:00pm1:30pm
The Woodrow Wilson Center and the Los Alamos National Laboratory presents "The Senate and Nonproliferation: Reflections over Two Decades" with Thomas Moore, Deputy Director, Proliferation Prevention Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies and former Senior Republican Professional Staff Member, Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
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Book Launch--Eating Grass: The Making of the Pakistani Bomb

January 15, 2013 // 12:00pm1:30pm
The launch of an important new book on Pakistan's nuclear weapons program.

Nuclear Statecraft: History and Strategy in America’s Atomic Age

November 29, 2012 // 3:30pm5:00pm
We are at a critical juncture in world politics. Nuclear strategy and policy have risen to the top of the global policy agenda, and issues ranging from a nuclear Iran to the global zero movement are generating sharp debate. The historical origins of our contemporary nuclear world are deeply consequential for contemporary policy, but it is crucial that decisions are made on the basis of fact rather than myth and misapprehension. In Nuclear Statecraft, Francis J. Gavin challenges key elements of the widely accepted narrative about the history of the atomic age and the consequences of the nuclear revolution.

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Experts & Staff

  • Christian F. Ostermann // Director, History and Public Policy Program; Global Europe; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
  • Leopoldo Nuti // Co-Director, Nuclear Proliferation International History Project; Public Policy Scholar
  • Evan Pikulski // Program Assistant