Nuclear History

Security for Disarmament: Negotiating Ukraine’s Budapest Memorandum

The ongoing Russian-Ukrainian conflict, with its recent escalation in the Sea of Azov, continues to draw attention to the substance of security commitments pledged by the nuclear weapons states to Ukraine in exchange for dismantling the nuclear arsenal it inherited from the Soviet Union.

Talking North Korea in Hollywood

In Hollywood, North Korea means drama. Films like The Interview (2014) or Red Dawn (2012) entertain and alarm at the same time. The fictional story of an attempt by CIA agents to assassinate Kim Jong-un, The Interview caused North Korea to mount a cyberattack on the distributor, Sony Pictures Entertainment. In Red Dawn, a group of American high school students stand up against North Korean troops invading the U.S. mainland.

'Inside North Korea's Dynasty' Documentary Series Premieres on National Geographic TV

The documentary series "Inside North Korea's Dynasty" premiered on Sunday November 11, 2018 on the National Geographic Channel in the U.S.  The four episode series, created by 72 Films and executive produced by David Glover and Mark Raphael explores the family at the center of "the world's only communist dynasty."  

The Evolution of Brazil's Nuclear Policy

Ukraine and the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons

Ukrainian Foreign Ministry documents reveal the importance of the NPT in 1994 decision to denuclearize.

This year, the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) is celebrating its 50th anniversary since it opened for signature on July 1, 1968.

The Giulio Andreotti Archive: A First-Hand Account of NATO

A joint Wilson Center-Roma Tre University-Istituto Sturzo project leads to the release of documents from the Archive of Giulio Andreotti.

Giulio Andreotti (Rome, 1919-2013) was one of the most important figures in Italian politics after the Second World War.

The Storied Past of 'Denuclearization'

The word is not unique to the Korean Peninsula, but could achieve new significance because of it.

The 1948 Election: Nuclear Policy or Overpass?

“DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN,” read the Chicago Daily Tribune’s erroneous headline on November 3, 1948. As the first presidential election after World War II, the Truman-Dewey race marked an important moment in American political history: how would the nation assess its achievements in domestic and foreign affairs? How would the trials of the world wars be weighed: would a new vision for the United Sates prevail over Truman’s measured leadership?

Nuclear History Resources at the Library of Congress

The Library of Congress might not be the first place scholars think to visit when researching nuclear history. The National Archives and Records Administration in College Park, the Foreign Relations of the United States series, various US presidential libraries, and international archives (UK, IAEA, etc) may come to mind first. However, the Library of Congress should not be discounted. There are a number of resources regarding nuclear history available to researchers at the Library of Congress, including:

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