The Nuclear Proliferation International History Project (NPIHP) is pleased to announce the receipt of a major grant renewal award from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Carnegie's generous three-year grant will provide core support for the project's ongoing research and capacity building activities.
Directed by Christian Ostermann and Leopoldo Nuti, NPIHP is a global network of individuals and institutions dedicated to studying the global history of nuclear weapons. Generous support from Carnegie, combined with other funding, allows NPIHP's worldwide network of partners to advance the project's three main lines of activity:
- Building Intellectual Capacity: At present the group of scholars focusing on the empirical study of proliferation history is small, but growing. Over the past two years the Nuclear Boot Camp for doctoral students and the NPIHP Fellowship Program for advanced doctoral candidates and post-doctoral students have brought over 40 of the ‘best and brightest’ next generation nuclear history experts together as part of the NPIHP network. Over the next three years the project intends to more than double this figure.
- Building a Collection of Online Resources: Even for the few specialists in the field, empirical evidence on nuclear history is difficult to come by. Working through its international network, NPIHP has been gathering a critical mass of archival documentation and oral history interviews in its soon-to-be re-designed online digital archive. Scholars, journalists and policy-makers now have ready access to a significant and growing collection of nuclear history documents with direct bearing on international nuclear governance issues today.
- Disseminating the Results: NPIHP will continue to publicize the results of its research through its Working Paper and Research Updates series, in its digital archive, through workshops, conferences, and meetings, and through a new series of short ‘issue briefs’ aimed at presenting surprising new insights from the archives to non-academic and non-historian audiences.
NPIHP Co-Director Leopoldo Nuti observed that "It was Carnegie's generous support, from the very beginning of the project, which really catalyzed NPIHP's groth, as well as the recent growth of nuclear history as a field." Thanks to Carnegie's renewed support the project will be able to continue its mission to fill in the blank and blurry pages of nuclear history, with a view to contributing to robust scholarship and effective policy decisions.