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Did North Korea Detonate a Hydrogen Bomb?

Nuclear proliferation expert Robert Litwak analyzes North Korea’s claim that it successfully detonated a hydrogen bomb.

For the U.S., Few Options to Address North Korea’s Nuclear Program

North Korea’s claim that it has tested a hydrogen bomb produces another major foreign policy challenge for the Obama administration, which has few means to address it. The issue will bedevil the next president (whoever he or she is); it also points up some interesting contrasts with Iran and how the international community has reacted to the two countries’ nuclear programs

Worst-case scenarios that are more likely than you think

The likelihood that a Russian charter airplane, Metrojet 9268, was felled by a bomb after leaving Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, highlights how many national security stories we may be missing — stories that pose at least as much of a threat to the United States as the development of an Iranian nuclear weapon.

Internships with the Cold War International History Project

Fall Semester Application Deadline is 15 July 2018

Program Intern (Cold War History)

Call Number: WC-CWIHP-FA2017-I-18


The Cold War International History Project (CWIHP) at the Woodrow Wilson Center accepts internship applications throughout the year. The summer semester deadline in 30 March, the fall semester deadline is 15 July, and the spring semester deadline is 15 November.

Arms Control in Cyberspace?

U.S. policymakers have compared the challenge of managing threats in the cyber domain to that of controlling nuclear weapons during the Cold War. The United States and China are currently negotiating what would be the first cyber arms control agreement to ban attacks on each other’s critical infrastructure in peacetime. The Obama administration believes such an agreement could lead to a broader “international framework” of norms, treaties, and institutions to govern cyberspace.

Betting on the Reform and the Reformers in Iran

The Obama administration, including the president himself, has made much of the fact that even if Iran doesn’t change its behavior at home (or in the region), the nuclear agreement is nonetheless a worthwhile enterprise. There is a compelling logic to the president’s argument — an unreformed Iran with a nuclear weapon is much more dangerous than an Iran without one.

Iran’s Nuclear Chess Continued: Reviewing The Deal

Robert Litwak, an internationally recognized expert on nonproliferation, has been following the saga of Iran’s nuclear program since the beginning. His insightful book, “Iran’s Nuclear Chess,” has been updated now that a deal has been struck. We spoke with him about the latest developments, and in reviewing the deal, he covers fears and hopes on both sides of the equation. That’s the focus of this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.

Iran’s Nuclear Chess: An Analysis and Discussion of the Agreement

Nonproliferation expert Robert Litwak provided an insightful analysis of the nuclear agreement between the P5+1 and Iran during a discussion with David Sanger, The New York Times Chief Washington Correspondent and former Public Policy Scholar the Wilson Center. He assessed terms and prospective implementation, as well as implications if the agreement is not implemented. That’s the focus of this edition of REWIND.


The Iran Nuclear Deal: An Update

Nonproliferation expert, Robert Litwak, provides an update on the Iran nuclear deal.