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Brazil-Iraq Nuclear Cooperation

As discussed in earlier dossiers, new evidence on the activities of Brazil’s nuclear program reveals instances of international “assistance.” Brazil had clandestinely purchased crucial materials and know-how in the nuclear black market and proliferating countries such as China. But Brazil was also on the giving end of international nuclear cooperation. Specifically, new documents and interviews confirm that cooperation with Iraq was more extensive than previously acknowledged by officials.

Two New Research Updates on Brazil-Iraq and Brazil-Argentina Nuclear Relations

Together with Fundacao Getulio Vargas, NPIHP has published two new Research Updates on Brazil's nuclear history.

In the first Research Update published today, author Dani K. Nedal explains how Brazil-Iraqi relations flourished in the mid-1970s, thanks to Brazil's efforts to obtain guaranteed supplies of oil at discounted prices. By the early 1980s this relationship took on a nuclear dimension as Brazil reportedly agreed to trade uranium for discounted oil.

Natural Power: Sustainability Policies and Practices at the New York Power Authority

The United States is one of the largest energy consumers and biggest contributors of greenhouse gases worldwide. In 2011, the U.S. generated 42 percent of its electricity from coal and only 13 percent through renewables, chiefly hydropower. While improvements are needed, the utility industry has made strides in recent years (coal consumption has decreased markedly over the last three years, for example) and exhibits great opportunity to continue on the path of energy efficiency and emissions reduction. 

Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters

“The production of nuclear weapons changed Soviet and American societies by creating whole new kinds of communities and new definitions of citizenship and safety and risk,” said Kate Brown at a May 08, 2013 presentation of her new book Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters.

Backdraft: The Conflict Potential of Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation (Report Launch)

Amid the growing number of reports warning that climate change could threaten national security, another potentially dangerous – but counterintuitive – dimension has been largely ignored. Could efforts to reduce our carbon footprint and lower our vulnerability to climate change inadvertently exacerbate existing conflicts – or create new ones?

NPIHP Partner Eliza Gheorghe Publishes in Cold War History

NPIHP is pleased to announce the publication of a new journal article by NPIHP partner Eliza Gheorghe.

In "Atomic Maverick: Romania's Negotiations for Nuclear Technology, 1964-1970" (Cold War History, Volume 13, Issue 2, 2013) Gheorghe argues that Romania's turn to the west during the 1960s was caused in part by Moscow's reluctance to share nuclear technology with Bucharest. Moreover, by acting as an interlocutor between the United States and Vietnam, Romania was able to secure high-level US support for a  nuclear cooperation agreement with Canada.

Wilson Forum - The Rise & Fall of Iran in Arab and Muslim Eyes

On this episode of Wilson Forum  James Zogby highlights recent polling of Arab and Muslim opinion on Iran and delves into that nation’s declining popularity among citizens around the Middle East.  Zogby was joined by panelists Haleh EsfandiariHisham MelhemBarbara Slavin, and Marc Lynch in this National Conversation discussion moderated by Tom Gjelten of NPR.

IDSA Releases New Documents on Indian Nuclear History

NPIHP is pleased to announce the recent release of nearly 30 new documents on important aspects of Indian nuclear history.

Obtained and published by NPIHP's partners with the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) in New Delhi, these documents provide new insights on the Indian Department of Atomic Energy's internal goals and planning processes during the mid- to late-1960s, on India's nuclear cooperation with the United States and the Soviet Union, and other topics.

The Senate and Nonproliferation: Reflections over Two Decades

The Woodrow Wilson Center and the Los Alamos National Laboratory
"The Senate and Nonproliferation: Reflections over Two Decades"

 Thomas Moore
Deputy Director, Proliferation Prevention Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies;

former Senior Republican Professional Staff Member, Senate Foreign Relations Committee