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NPIHP Partner Robert S. Norris Publishes in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

NPIHP partner and Federation of American Scientists Senior Fellow Robert S. Norris has published "Nuclear Pursuits 2012," in the January/February 2012 edition of the Bulletin of the Atomis Scientists. The article and accompanying table is on the history of nuclear developments in the first five nuclear states--the US, the Soviet Union/Russia, Britain, France and China.

Foreign Relations of the United States Series: SALT I, 1969–1972

The Nuclear Proliferation International History Project in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State's Office of the Historian presents a panel discussion on the latest volume in the Foreign Relations of the United States Series, 1969–1976, Volume XXXII, SALT I, 1969–1972.

NPIHP Research Update Covered in South Asian Media

William Burr’s latest NPIHP Research Update, “The Nixon Administration and the Indian Nuclear Program, 1972-1974” is receiving attention in the South Asian media. According to new documentary evidence, India’s 1974 “peaceful nuclear test” was unexpected and not predicted by the US intelligence community, the Research Update posits.

The Nixon Administration and the Indian Nuclear Program, 1972-1974

U.S. Post-Mortem on 1974 Indian Test Criticized Intelligence Community Performance for "Waffling Judgments" and Not Following Up Leads

Australia Declassifies Documents on US Nuclear Posture Review

Documents released by the Australian Department of Defence following a Freedom of Information request reveal Australia's response to the United States' request for a contribution to the then-ongoing Nuclear Posture Review process, and document the Australian government's official reaction to the final report's contents following its publication in April 2010.

The Elephant in the Room: The Soviet Union and India’s Nuclear Program, 1967-1989

NPIHP Working Paper #1. If India had presented the world with a nuclear fait accompli, the eminent Indian journalist Amalendu Das Gupta mused in 1987, “the Americans and their allies would have been angry; the Russians would have been unhappy." His choice of words succinctly expressed the ambivalent attitude the Soviet leadership had toward India’s nuclear weapon program.

Nuclear Boot Camp Participant Earns Ph.D. with Distinction

NPIHP is pleased to announce that 2011 Nuclear Boot Camp participant Mara Drogan has defended her dissertation, and will receive her Ph.D. with distinction from the University at Albany.

NPIHP Partner Hosts Talk: "The Evolution of India’s Nuclear Program"

NPIHP’s partners at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses and the Indian Pugwash Society will host a lecture on The Evolution of India’s Nuclear Program: Reminisces of the Early Years with prominent physicist and nuclear policy advisor Prof. M.G.K. Menon, former chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization, and former director of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research.

Why Iran Negotiates as it Does

Chubin will address how Iran's approach to nuclear "negotiations" very broadly reflects the lesson that the regime drew from the experience of the Iran-Iraq war. He will discuss how that mindset is reflected in Iran’s rhetoric and continues to influence its behavior.

NPIHP partner and former Wilson Center scholar Avner Cohen interviewed in Jerusalem Post

Avner Cohen, senior fellow at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies and a close NPIHP partner was recently interviewed by the Jerusalem Post on Iran’s nuclear program.