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The Nuclear Issue: Why is Iran Negotiating?

On January 29, the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center hosted a meeting, “The Nuclear Issue: Why is Iran Negotiating” with Bijan Khajehpour, Managing Partner of Atieh International; Alireza Nader, International Policy Analyst at RAND Corporation; and Michael Adler, Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar. Haleh Esfandiari, Director of the Middle East Program at the Wilson Center, moderated the event.

International Conference: The Historical Dimensions of South Africa's Nuclear Weapons Program

NPIHP is pleased to announce the international conference The Historical Dimensions of South Africa's Nuclear Weapons Program, organized and hosted by Monash South Africa, in collaboration with the Institute for Security Studies, (ISS Africa) and NPIHP.

Held in Pretoria, South Africa, from 9-11 December 2012, this landmark conference explored nearly every aspect of South Africa's nuclear development from the post-war era to the recent past.

Summer Institute on the International History of Nuclear Weapons

The 2013 SHAFR Summer Institute

14-19 June 2013

Conference Report: United Atoms in a Divided World

A new report written by Christoph Laucht and published on H-Soz-u-Kult outlines the proceedings of a major international conference on IAEA history.

United Atoms in a Divided World: The Early History of the International Atomic Energy Agency was organized by NPIHP partners Oliver Rathkolb and Elisabeth Roehrlich under the auspices of the IAEA International History Reserach Project at the University of Vienna. It took place from 16-18 September 2012 at Vienna's Haus-Hof-und Staatsarchiv.

Japan's Post-Fukushima Nuclear Energy Conundrum

In World Politics Review Nov. 13, Asia Program associate Shihoko Goto discusses how Japan may be forced to remain a nuclear force as the surge in U.S. natural gas supply may decrease the availability of Middle East oil. The full article is available at:

Origins and Evolution of the Brazilian Nuclear Program (1947-2011)

The quest to develop an indigenous and fully independent nuclear program has long been an ambition of Brazilian political, scientific, economic and military officials.

Tunisia: Interview with Sheikh Rachid Ghannouchi

            One year after the first democratic elections and almost two years since the uprising began, what are the Jasmine Revolution’s successes and failures?
            There are successes and there are failures. This is life.

Interview between Efraim Halevy and Aaron David Miller

Efraim Halevy is a former Director of Mossad and former Head of the Israeli National Security Council. Aaron David Miller is the Vice President for New Initiatives at the Woodrow Wilson Center. The interview took place following the October 18 meeting “Iran, Palestine, and the Arab Spring: The View from Israel” at the Wilson Center.


Nuclear Statecraft: History and Strategy in America’s Atomic Age

We are at a critical juncture in world politics. Nuclear strategy and policy have risen to the top of the global policy agenda, and issues ranging from a nuclear Iran to the global zero movement are generating sharp debate. The historical origins of our contemporary nuclear world are deeply consequential for contemporary policy, but it is crucial that decisions are made on the basis of fact rather than myth and misapprehension. In Nuclear Statecraft, Francis J.