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U.S. and British Combined to Delay Pakistani Nuclear Weapons Program in 1978-1981, Declassified Documents Show

The United States and Great Britain undertook a secret diplomatic campaign in the late 1970s to prevent a major nuclear proliferation threat – Pakistan’s attempted covert purchasing of “gray area” technology for its nuclear weapons program – according to recently declassified “NODIS” (no distribution) State department telegrams published today by the National Security Archive.

NPIHP Welcomes New Public Policy Scholar <b>Anna-Mart Van Wyk</b>

 NPIHP is pleased to welcome Public Policy Scholar Anna-Mart Van Wyk. Van Wyk's project while at the Wilson Center is United States-South African Nuclear Relations During the Cold War and Beyond.

Book Discussion: After Leaning to One Side: China and Its Allies in the Cold War

Shen Zhihua, director of the Center for Cold War International History Studies at East China Normal University (ECNU) and Li Danhui, research fellow at the Oriental Historical Research Association will discuss their latest book After Leaning to One Side: China and Its Allies in the Cold War which traces the rise and fall of the Sino-Soviet alliance between 1949 and 1973, emphasizing tension over the Korean and Vietnam wars.

Brazil, Argentina, and the Road to the NPT

For several decades Argentina and Brazil sought to develop their own indigenous nuclear programs and tried to resist the expansion of the global non-proliferation regime. Deep mutual suspicion coupled with status competition colored their relationship and their standing in the face of the major nuclear powers.

The Worst-Kept Secret: Israel's Bargain With the Bomb

Former Wilson Center scholar and James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies senior fellow Avner Cohen will discuss his latest book, The Worst-Kept Secret: Israel's Bargain with the Bomb. Former NSC staffer and advisor to Presidents Johnson, Nixon and Clinton Morton Halperin, former US Ambassador to Israel Samuel W. Lewis, and former National Security Council Senior Director for Near East Affairs Bruce Riedel, will join Cohen on the panel to provide comments.

Book Launch&#8212;<i>The Bomb: A New History</i>

From his years at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Nevada Test Site to his meetings with nuclear arms experts in Moscow, former weapons designer Stephen M. Younger has witnessed firsthand the making of nuclear policy. With a deep understanding of both the technology and the politics behind nuclear weapons, he traced nuclear history from the Manhattan Project to the Cold War and into the present day at the launch of his new book, The Bomb: A New History.

Explaining Dutch Reservations About NATO's 1979 Dual-Track Decision

"A mass psychotic movement washing over the country like a wave": Explaining Dutch Reservations About NATO's 1979 Dual-Track Decision