Aimed at building a new generation of experts on the international history of nuclear weapons, the second-annual Nuclear Boot Camp will be hosted by the University of Roma Tre and the Machiavelli Center for Cold War Studies (CIMA) in the village of Allumiere near Rome, Italy for ten days in the last half of June 2012.
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.
The Nuclear Proliferation International History Project is seeking internship applicants for the fall 2012 academic semester. The individual hired will be engaged in the full range of NPIHP activities, but will focus in particular on digitizing and cataloging a large collection of documents on Israeli nuclear history for inclusion in NPHIP's online digital archive.
In the latest chapter of our "On The Brink" series, we explore the meaning and relevance of the term, "nuclear order of battle" with Robert S. Norris from the Federation of American Scientists. If the worst had happened, how would escalation have occured? Norris' research is the first that attempts to answer this question.
Azeredo da Silveira: um Depoimento (Azeredo da Silveira: A Testimony)
Together with the Nuclear Proliferation International History Project,and the Institute for Security Studies (ISS Africa) Monash South Africa organized and hosted a landmark conference on the historical dimensions of South Africa's Nuclear Weapons Program.
The new collection covers the full swath of South African nuclear history, from the origins of the country’s nuclear energy research in the 1950s, through the early 1990s when it announced the existence and subsequent destruction of its nuclear program.
Avner Cohen, senior fellow at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies and a close NPIHP partner was recently interviewed by the Jerusalem Post on Iran’s nuclear program.
NPIHP’s partners at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses and the Indian Pugwash Society will host a lecture on "The Evolution of India’s Nuclear Program: Reminisces of the Early Years" with prominent physicist and nuclear policy advisor Prof. M.G.K. Menon, former chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization, and former director of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research.
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.