In her book, “Unclear Physics: Why Iraq and Libya Failed to Build Nuclear Weapons,” Målfrid Braut-Hegghammer says that while many authoritarian leaders want nuclear weapons, few manage to acquire them. What can we learn from the failed attempts by Libya and Iraq? And how do those experiences compare to the seemingly opposite outcome occurring in North Korea? We explore these questions and more in the latest episode of Wilson Center NOW.

 

Guest

Målfrid Braut-Hegghammer is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Oslo. She has previously been a Junior Faculty Fellow at CISAC, Stanford University, and a pre- and post-doctoral fellow at the Belfer Center, Harvard University. She received her doctoral degree from London School of Economics in 2009, and was a recipient of the Michael Nicholson Thesis Prize from BISA in 2010. Her work has been published in numerous outlets including International Security, The Middle East Journal, the New York Times (online), International Herald Tribune, Monkey Cage, and War on the Rocks. Her first book, “Unclear Physics,” was reviewed in The New York Review of Books, Foreign Affairs, Survival, International Affairs, and Babylon.

 

Host
John Milewski is the executive producer and managing editor of Wilson Center NOW and also serves as director of Wilson Center ON DEMAND digital programming. Previously he served as host and producer of Dialogue at the Wilson Center and Close Up on C-SPAN. He also teaches a course on politics and media for Penn State’s Washington Program.