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Is the World More Dangerous 50 years after the Cuban Missile Crisis?

In October the world will observe the 50th Anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, when the world came closest to nuclear war. In this Wilson Center National Conversation, panelists will discuss the Cuban Missile Crisis and the lessons that it holds in the context of the upcoming US presidential election. 

OFF-SITE CONFERENCE: United Atoms in a Divided World: The Early History of the International Atomic Energy Agency

The Department of Contemporary History at the University of Vienna in collaboration with the Wilson Center's Nuclear Proliferation International History Project will host an international conference entitled, United Atoms in a Divided World: The Early History of the International Atomic Energy Agency on the history of the IAEA during the cold war years. The conference will cover a wide range of issues, including the creation of the Agency, its role in the nuclear non-proliferation regime, and the Agency's technical programs.

New Article by Senior Advisor Francis J. Gavin in Journal of Strategic Studies

NPIHP is pleased to announce the publication of a new review essay by NPIHP Senior Advisor and Director of the University of Texas at Austin's Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law Francis J. Gavin.

50th Anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis

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.