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Why Some Nuclear Programs Fail and Others Succeed: “Unclear Physics” with Author Målfrid Braut-Hegghammer

September 20, 2017
Why Some Nuclear Programs Fail and Others Succeed: “Unclear Physics” with Author Målfrid Braut-Hegghammer

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.


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The Nuclear Proliferation International History Project is a global network of individuals and institutions engaged in the study of international nuclear history through archival documents, oral history interviews, and other empirical sources. At the Wilson Center, it is part of the Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program.  Read more