Events

The UK Strategic Nuclear Deterrent and the Chevaline Program: An Overview

October 03, 2014 // 12:00pm2:00pm
Matthew Jones speaks on the Chevaline Program, a highly-secret project begun in 1970 to improve the penetration performance of the UK's force of Polaris submarine-launched ballistic missiles in order to give them the capability to overcome Soviet ABM defenses deployed around Moscow. The event will explore the program's background, its problems, and how it became one of the most controversial episodes in post-war British defense policy.

Invitation Only: Workshop on Nuclear Latency, Nonproliferation, and Disarmament

October 02, 2014 // 8:30am6:30pm
Invitation Only: Workshop on Nuclear Latency, Nonproliferation, and Disarmament
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Deal or No Deal: How To Negotiate Successful Nuclear Agreements

September 17, 2014 // 2:30pm4:30pm
When are nuclear agreements successfully negotiated? A combination of factors—technical, domestic political, and strategic—enabled Washington and New Delhi to conclude a civil nuclear accord in 2008. The US-India case offers useful lessons for negotiations in progress with Iran, and for possible future nuclear accommodation with Pakistan and North Korea.

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.
Webcast

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.

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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