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Living with Nuclear Outliers

WASHINGTON - To President George W. Bush, North Korea and Iran were “rogue states,” suggesting that their regimes were irredeemable. President Obama changed that to “outliers,” a label that implied the path was open for Pyongyang and Tehran to rejoin the community of nations if they complied with the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. Their choice was integration or isolation.

Brazilian Nuclear History Fellowship at the Wilson Center


The Nuclear Proliferation International History Project, (NPIHP) is pleased to announce a 3-month research fellowship for a scholar studying Brazil’s nuclear history, in particular as it relates to US-Brazilian relations, Brazil’s nuclear relations with Argentina and other countries, and Brazil’s evolving role in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) regime.

Between Aid and Restriction: Changing Soviet Policies toward China’s Nuclear Weapons Program: 1954-1960

NPIHP Working Paper #2. Based on newly-available archival material from Chinese sources, the paper explores the relationship between Soviet Union and China during the 1950s and 1960s as the latter sought to establish their atomic industry and develop a nuclear weapon with Soviet scientific and technological assistance.

Between Aid and Restriction: Changing Soviet Policies toward China’s Nuclear Weapons Program: 1954-1960

NPIHP is pleased to announce the latest addition to its Working Paper Series, Between Aid and Restriction: Changing Soviet Policies toward China’s Nuclear Weapons Program: 1954-1960, by Zhihua Shen and Yafeng Xia. 

The paper's key findings include:

Japan and the United States After the Great East Japan Earthquake

Read the summary of the most recent Japan-U.S. Joint Public Policy Forum. The forum was held in Tokyo to discuss the U.S.-Japan bilateral alliance after the March, 2011, earthquake and tsunami-related disasters in Japan, and was co-sponsored by the Wilson Center and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation. The report includes transcripts of keynote speeches by Japanese government reconstruction panel chair Makoto Iokibe and former deputy secretary of defense Richard L. Armitage.

Taiwan's Energy Conundrum

This Special Report explores the complex set of opportunities and challenges inherent in Taiwan’s energy profile. Ssu-li Chang describes the profile, and also considers the possible impact of changed pricing mechanisms and increased reliance on nuclear energy. Herng-Shinn Hwang, outlines the promise of alternative “green” energies. Chi-yuan Liang surveys Taiwan’s energy security, comparing Taiwan’s performance in energy usage with major nations around the world.

The Path to Lower Nuclear Numbers?

Invitation from the Woodrow Wilson Center’s International Security Studies

and the Los Alamos National Laboratory

Topic: "The Path to Lower Nuclear Numbers?"

NPIHP Partners Release New Documents on Indian Nuclear History

The Nuclear Proliferation International History Project is pleased to announce the release of 43 archival documents on the history of India’s nuclear program by the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) and the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR). These are some of the first Indian archival documents on the subject of nuclear history that have been released, and they offer a unique perspective on the early development of nuclear research in India. 

NPIHP Partner Hosts Conference on Brazil's and Argentina's Nuclear History

Nuclear Proliferation International History Project partners at the Fundacao Getulio Vargas (FGV) recently hosted a critical oral history conference on the Brazilian and Argentine nuclear programs between 1967 and 1988. The discussions which took place at the conference suggest that scholars may need to add nuance to the traditional historical narrative which portrays Brazil and Argentina as nuclear rivals who became partners following the end of military rule in both countries.