Nuclear History

Book Talk: Chernobyl: The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe

On the morning of April 26, 1986, the world witnessed the worst nuclear disaster in history: the explosion of a reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Soviet Ukraine. Dozens died of radiation poisoning, fallout contaminated half the continent, and thousands fell ill.

India’s Nuclear Policy: China, Pakistan, and Two Distinct Nuclear Trajectories

In May 1998, India and Pakistan conducted the twentieth century’s last nuclear tests.

Italy and Nuclear Power: A day of study dedicated to the presentation of sources and archives on the history of Italian nuclear power

9:30 Introduction, Nicola Antonetti

10:00 - The Historical Archive of ENEA - Chair, Leopoldo Nuti

- Historical-technological sources and contemporary history: Reflections on the recovery of the ENEA Historical Archive, Giovanni Paoloni (Universita La Sapienza, Roma and Comite d'histoire de l'electricite et de l'energie, Fondation EDF, Parigi)

- The technical-scientific activities of the Italian nuclear program as founding principles of ENEA's documentary heritage, Fabrizio Pisacane (ENEA)

West Germany's Secret Nuclear Assistance to Iran

West Germany was willing to secretly export sensitive nuclear technology 

The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and the German Nuclear Question Part 1, 1954-1964

This posting is part of a series of document collections co-published by the National Security Archive and the Nuclear Proliferation International History Project to mark the 50th anniversary of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

The Long History of Brazil’s Nuclear Submarine Program

After languishing for many years, has the Brazilian Navy's nuclear program finally turned a corner?

2018: The Year Ahead in Asia

What to Watch in 2018

The coming year is shaping up to be highly consequential for the Asia-Pacific. The distribution of the region’s economic, political, and military power is evolving rapidly, which will have profound implications for regional stability and for American interests. To inaugurate the Wilson Center Asia Program’s new blog Dispatches, the program’s staff has compiled brief analyses of what we believe to be some of the most critical issues to watch in 2018.

Interpreting the Bomb: Ownership and Deterrence in Ukraine’s Nuclear Discourse

Image: The SS-18 ICBM, produced in Soviet Ukraine, on display at the Strategic Missile Forces Museum in Pervomaysk. Photo by Polina Sinovets.

Bureaucrats in Non-Proliferation Policymaking

How the EU came to support the NPT’s indefinite extension

The European Union has a curious position within the non-proliferation regime in general and in the review process of the Non-Proliferation Treaty in particular.

As an international organization, the EU is not a party to the Treaty, although all of its members are. Yet, there are vast differences among them.

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