Nuclear History

Summer Institute on the International History of Nuclear Weapons

The SHAFR Summer Institute: From the Manhattan Project to the Global Nuclear Disarmament Movement

14-19 June 2013

US Diplomatic Efforts Stalled Brazil's Nuclear Program in 1970s

Brazil's nuclear program in the 1970s faced opposition from the US as the Carter administration sought to make nuclear non-proliferation a top priority. 

New Documents Show US Feared Proliferation of Nuclear Technology in 1960s

Early Atomic Energy Comission Studies Show Concern over Gas Centrifuge Proliferation Risk


It would “Not be too Difficult” to Build a Secret Plant to Produce Highly Enriched Uranium, AEC Warned

U.S. Officials Worried that Unless U.S. and Allies Imposed Classification and Export Controls “Unfriendly” Countries Such as China Could Acquire Gas Centrifuges

Nuclear Boot Camp Alum Publishes Article on Australian Nuclear History

Nuclear Boot Camp alumna Christine Leah authored "US Extended Nuclear Deterrence and Nuclear Order: An Australian Perspective" in the Summer 2012 edition of Asian Security (Volume 8, Number 2, pp. 93-114). Leah is a Doctoral Candidate in Strategic and Defence Studies at the Australian National University and participated in the first NPIHP Nuclear Boot Camp held in Allumiere, Italy in May of 2011.

2012 Nuclear Boot Camp for Next Generation Nuclear Historians

For ten days in June, 2012, the Wilson Center’s Nuclear Proliferation International History Project (NPIHP), in cooperation with the University of Roma Tre, hosted its second annual “Nuclear Boot Camp” at the former Allumiere NATO base outside of Rome, Italy. 

Fall 2012 NPIHP Internship Opportunites

The Nuclear Proliferation International History Project is seeking internship applicants for the fall 2012 academic semester. The individual hired will be engaged in the full range of NPIHP activities, but will focus in particular on digitizing and cataloging a large collection of documents on Israeli nuclear history for inclusion in NPHIP's online digital archive.


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.

NPIHP Experts Featured in Italian Documentary

NPIHP is pleased to announce that NPIHP co-director Leopoldo Nuti, and NPIHP partner Vladislav Zubok will be featured in a new documentary on US Jupiter missiles in Italy.