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NPIHP Announces 2013 SHAFR Summer Institute Participants

NPIHP is pleased to announce the participants in the 2013 SHAFR Summer Institute on the International History of Nuclear Weapons at the Wilson Center on 14-19 June, 2013. These 18 promising scholars will gather for an intensive overview of the global history of nuclear weapons through seminars led by some of the world’s leading nuclear historians.

Celebrating the Legacy of Daniel Patrick Moynihan: The Launch of "Moynihan's Moment," a New Book by Gil Troy

On November 10, 1975, the General Assembly of United Nations passed Resolution 3379, which declared Zionism a form of racism. Afterward, a tall man with long, graying hair, horned-rim glasses, and a bowtie stood to speak. He pronounced his words with the rounded tones of a Harvard academic, but his voice shook with outrage: "The United States rises to declare, before the General Assembly of the United Nations, and before the world, that it does not acknowledge, it will not abide by, it will never acquiesce in this infamous act."

NPIHP Launches Issue Brief Series

NPIHP is pleased to announce the launch of a new series of "NPIHP Issue Briefs." These brief papers offer useful insights and perspectives on contemporary nuclear policy issues from international nuclear historians. More than just formulaic ‘lessons from history,’ Issue Briefs provide archivally-grounded background, context and nuance to current issues for political scientists and government officials who are confronted with complex nuclear challenges.

Issue Brief #1 - Chasing Mirages: Australia and the U.S. Nuclear Umbrella in the Asia-Pacific

NPIHP Issue Brief #1: Senior Australian officials worked from 1944 to around 1973, when Australia ratified the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, to equip their country with a nuclear weapons capability. When Australia did choose to permanently forego the nuclear option, it wasn’t because of the U.S. nuclear umbrella, but rather because of significant geo-political changes taking place throughout Asia in the mid-1970s.

Nuclear Proliferation History: New Evidence, Analysis & Policy Insights

Today’s nuclear policy challenges have deep roots in the past. Hence, international history of nuclear weapons proliferation does have the potential to play a role in aiding policy-making. Towards this goal, following the invitation of the Center for Security Studies (CSS) at ETH Zurich, NPIHP partners, experts and policy people from all around the world traveled to Vienna, Austria, on February 1, 2013, for a one-day workshop.

East European Studies Junior Scholars' Training Seminar

Deadline: The deadline for receipt of this year's JSTS applications and supporting materials is April 30, 2013. Applicants will be notified approximately six weeks later.

NPIHP Partners Host Intensive Program on European Nuclear Issues

NPIHP Partners the Department of Contemporary History/University of Vienna and the Machiavelli Center for Cold War Studies (CIMA) hosted the first Erasmus Intensive Program "Atoms for EUrope," together with a number of other European academic institutions including Eoetvoes Lorand University, Budapest; the University of Augsburg;

The Clinton Administration and the Indian Nuclear Test That Did Not Happen - 1995-1996

  • U.S. Detected Indian Nuclear Test Preparations in 1995, but Photo Evidence was “Clear As Mud”
  • Documents Reveal Washington’s Uncertainty Over Whether Prime Minister Rao Had Approved a Test, but Eventually State Department Intelligence Predicted a Non-Test
  • U.S. Intelligence Characterized 1974 “Peaceful Nuclear Explosion” as “Near-Failure”
  • Analysts Joked They Had Detected a Satellite TV Dish--Good for Viewing MTV on “Long Lonely Nights”

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