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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.

2010 NPIHP Fellow Mattia Toaldo

The Nuclear Proliferation International History Project is pleased to welcome Mattia Toaldo to the project as a 2010 NPIHP Fellow.

Toaldo is based at the University of Roma Tre in Rome, Italy where his research focuses upon the differing US and Israeli approaches to nuclear proliferation in the Middle East.

New book by NPIHP Partner Matias Spektor

The Nuclear Proliferation International History Project (NPIHP) is pleased to announce the publication of Azeredo da Silveira: um Depoimento (Azeredo da Silveira: A Testimony) edited by Matias Spektor. One of Brazil's most influential diplomats, Silveira's tenure as foreign minister from 1974-1979 marked a reorientation of Brazil's foreign policy as well as a new assertiveness in the nuclear realm.

Announcing NPIHP Fellow Giordana Pulcini

The Nuclear Proliferation International History Project is pleased to welcome Giordana Pulcini to the project as a 2010 NPIHP Fellow.

Pulcini's research centers upon the relationship between US strategic arms control policy and the rise of the neoconservative movement in the US in the 1970s and 1980s.

NPIHP Partner Anna-Mart van Wyk published in LSE <i>IDEAS</i>

An article by Nuclear Proliferation International History Project partner Anna-Mart van Wyk was the cover story in the most recent edition of LSE's journal IDEAS.

The Japan-U.S. Partnership Toward a World Free of Nuclear Weapons

This summary of the Japan-U.S. Joint Public Policy Forum, held in Tokyo in October 2009, discusses the U.S.-Japan bilateral alliance and issues relating to non-proliferation and moving toward a world free of nuclear weapons. The Forum was co-sponsored by the Wilson Center’s Asia Program and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation. This report includes transcripts of keynote speeches by Japan’s former Permanent Representative to the United Nations Yukio Satoh and the former U.S. Secretary of Defense William J. Perry.

Atoms for Peace: A Future after Fifty Years?

On December 8, 1953, President Dwight Eisenhower proposed in a speech to the United Nations that nuclear nonproliferation be promoted by offering peaceful nuclear technology to countries that would renounce nuclear weapons. Today the value of that basic trade-off—atoms for peace—is in question, along with the institutions that embody it. Deployment of weapons by India and Pakistan, noncompliance with safeguards by North Korea and Iran, and the threat of nuclear terrorism have weakened the image of the Nonproliferation Treaty.

Regime Change: U.S. Strategy through the Prism of 9/11

The 9/11 terrorist attacks starkly recast the U.S. debate on “rogue states.” In this new era of vulnerability, should the United States counter the dangers of weapons proliferation and state-sponsored terrorism by toppling regimes or by promoting change in the threatening behavior of their leaders? Regime Change examines the contrasting precedents set with Iraq and Libya and provides incisive analysis of the pressing crises with North Korea and Iran.

Bridled Ambition: Why Countries Constrain Their Nuclear Capabilities

This study presents an account of why nuclear weapons are rapidly becoming less attractive than they once seemed and what factors can motivate a country's leaders to keep nuclear ambitions in check. Written by an arms control expert, Bridled Ambition explains how nine countries—South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, India, Pakistan and North Korea—have recently capped, curtailed, or rolled back their nuclear weapons programmes. Among the issues discussed how, when, where and why South Africa built the bomb, how they planned to use it and why they gave it up.