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NKIDP welcomes Korea Foundation Junior Scholar Jung Joo Kwon

NKIDP is pleased to welcome Korea Foundation Junior Scholar Jung Joo Kwon to the Wilson Center. Kwon will be in residence through August 2013, researching the policies of the United States and South Korea toward North Korea's non-compliance with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

NKIDP documents referenced in Financial Times article on North Korean nuclear program

Materials obtained and disseminated by the North Korea International Documentation Project on the origins of the North Korean nuclear program were referred to in an article by Aidan Foster-Carter in the Financial Times.

Foster-Carter, Honorary Senior Research Fellow in Sociology and Modern Korea, Leeds University, wrote that "Documents from Pyongyang's erstwhile communist allies - none of whom liked or trusted Kim - collated by the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington reveal that, as early as the 1960s, North Korea evinced a keen interest in nuclear technologies."

Korea Foundation Junior Scholars' Presentations

Please join us for presentations from Seokwon Kim and Hee Young Shin, two Korea Foundation Junior Scholars who will discuss the results of their research conducted at the Wilson Center from September 2012 through February 2013.

Seokwon Kim will discuss "Syngman Rhee's Anti-Communism and Eastern Europe: Geopolitics and Ideology."

Hee Young Shin will discuss "Nuclear Deterrence: Proliferation and Stability in Northeast Asia." 

NPIHP Receives Major Grant Award from Carnegie Corporation of New York

The Nuclear Proliferation International History Project (NPIHP) is pleased to announce the receipt of a major grant renewal award from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Carnegie's generous three-year grant will provide core support for the project's ongoing research and capacity building activities.

Summer Institute on the International History of Nuclear Weapons

The 2013 SHAFR Summer Institute

14-19 June 2013

Apply for NPIHP's Summer 2013 Nuclear Boot Camp

Aimed at building a new generation of experts on the international history of nuclear weapons, the third-annual Nuclear Boot Camp is an initiative of the Nuclear Proliferation International History Project (NPIHP).

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.

NPIHP Partners Host Conference on Swedish Disarmament Policy

The Nuclear Proliferation International History Project is pleased to announce a conference on Swedish nuclear disarmament policy, organized and hosted by Stockholm University on 26 november 2012.

Organized by Stockholm University Professor Thomas Jonter, Emma Rosengren, Goran Rydeberg, and Stellan Andersson under the aegis of the Swedish Disarmament Resaerch Project, the conference featured keynote addresses by Hans Blix and Robert Kelley, as well as papers from leading researchers on Swedish disarmament history. 

NPIHP Senior Adviser Martin J. Sherwin Publishes Article 'One Step from Nuclear War'

NPIHP is pleased to announce a new publication by Senior Adviser Martin J. Sherwin.

One Step from Nuclear War: The Cuban Missile Crisis at 50--in Search of Historical Perspective provides a detailed, but concise historical overview of the Cuban Missile Crisis and its historiography. Sherwin explains in part that "The crisis was the transformative event in U.S.-Soviet and U.S.-Cuban Cold War relations. It not only assured Castro's survival (the putative aim of the Soviet deployment), but it reset the unstated rules of the U.S.-Soviet nucelar relationship."

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.