Nuclear History

The Nuclear Challenge: Italian Foreign Policy and Atomic Weapons, 1945-1991

For much of the Cold War, the Italian government viewed the nuclear issue as a way of opening the door into the inner circle of European security decision-makers. Leopoldo Nuti, Director of the Machiavelli Center for Cold War Studies, explained that Italian prestige, much more than security concerns, drove the government to allow the deployment of NATO nuclear weapons on Italian soil throughout the Cold War.

The Manhattan Project and its Cold War Legacy

On Wednesday, February 20, 2008, the Cold War International History Project and the Atomic Heritage Foundation co-sponsored a discussion of the Manhattan Project and its legacy. The speakers included Cynthia C. Kelly, founder and president of the Atomic Heritage Foundation; William Lanouette, author of Genius in the Shadows: A Biography of Leo Szilard, the Man Behind the Bomb (1992 and 1994); Robert Furman, a veteran of the Manhattan Project's atomic intelligence unit; and James G.

NPIHP Hosts First Annual Nuclear Boot Camp in Allumiere, Italy

The Nuclear Proliferation International History Project’s (NPIHP’s) first annual Nuclear Boot Camp took place from 22-31 May 2011. Organized by NPIHP Co-Directors Leopoldo Nuti and Christian Ostermann, the 9 day full-immersion course acquainted 14 students from around the world with many of the most important topics and themes in the history of nuclear arms.

NPIHP Partner IDSA Launches New Website

NPIHP is pleased to announce the launch of the New Delhi-based Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses' (IDSA's) dedicated NPIHP website.

New NPIHP Research Update

The Nuclear Proliferation International History Project is pleased to announce the publication of the latest NPIHP Research Update by William Burr, senior analyst at the National Security Archive. The paper, U.S. Secret Assistance to the French Nuclear Program, 1969-1975: From "Fourth Country" to Strategic Partner features sixty-four new documents on U.S.

NPIHP Announces Summer 2011 Nuclear Boot Camp Participants

The Nuclear Proliferation International History Project is please to announce the participants of the 2011 Nuclear Boot Camp in Allumiere, Italy.

NPIHP Partner Dima Adamsky Publishes Response in Foreign Affairs

Writing in Foreign Affairs, NPIHP partner Dima Adamsky explores a variety of possible Israeli responses to the advent of a nuclear armed Iran.

New Document Reader - The Euromissiles Crisis and the End of the Cold War: 1977-1987

The Nuclear Proliferation International History Project is pleased to announce its first document reader, produced in collaboration with the Cold War International History Project and entitled The Euromissiles Crisis and the End of the Cold War: 1977-1987.

New Research Initiative by NPIHP scholar Ilaria Poggiolini

NPIHP is pleased to announce a new research initiative by one of our partners, Ilaria Poggiolini , a scholar at the University of Pavia.

NPIHP Welcomes Fellow Edoardo Sorvillo

The Nuclear Proliferation International History Project is pleased to have Edoardo Sorvillo join the project as a 2010 NPIHP Fellow.

Taking advantage of newly declassified documents from the National Archives in London and other sources, Sorvillo is investigating the relationship between British foreign policy elites and the British government in the late 1970s and early 1980s with the aim of identifying how public debates influenced (or failed to influence) the British response to the Soviet Union's deployment of SS-20 intermediate range nuclear missiles.

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