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The ACRS Oral History Project: An Exploration into the Arms Control and Regional Security Working Group

Hanna Notte and Chen Kane present their research on the Arms Control and Regional Security Working Group meetings that aimed to create a weapons free zone in the Middle East.

Date & Time

Dec. 14, 2021
11:00am – 12:30pm ET




Through dozens of interviews, new archival findings, and the help of several diplomats present during the negotiations, the ACRS Oral History Project brings back to life the series of mulitlateral meetings throughout the 1990s. The ACRS Oral History Project, supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and co-organized by the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies and the Nuclear Proliferation International History Project, features dozens of interviews with representatives from nearly every participating nation as well as hundreds of newly available documents from US archives and the personal papers of Mike Yaffe, an American diplomat present for many of the meetings. The project culminates in a Critical Oral History Conference held virtually by the CNS and NPIHP. For the final GMES of the Fall 2021 semester, Hanna Notte and Chen Kane present their findings and try to explain just went wrong with the working groups.

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History and Public Policy Program

The History and Public Policy Program makes public the primary source record of 20th and 21st century international history from repositories around the world, facilitates scholarship based on those records, and uses these materials to provide context for classroom, public, and policy debates on global affairs.  Read more

Middle East Program

The Wilson Center’s Middle East Program serves as a crucial resource for the policymaking community and beyond, providing analyses and research that helps inform US foreign policymaking, stimulates public debate, and expands knowledge about issues in the wider Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.  Read more

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