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Nuclear Weapons

Chinese and U.S. Nuclear Strategies in a New Era of Great Power Competition

U.S. nuclear policy toward China is under review as China expands and modernizes its nuclear force.  Hear three leading experts discuss China's view of the U.S. nuclear threat, the implications of China's nuclear modernization for U.S. nuclear strategy, and the prospects for nuclear escalation that could be created by conventional warfare in Northeast Asia.

The papers discussed during this program were made possible by a two-year project funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

 

James Person on Sino-North Korean Relations and the Role of US Sanctions

Deputy Director for the History and Public Policy Program James Person was interviewed by Newsweek for an article about the state of US-North Korean negotiations.

The Nuclear Summit and Beyond: Progress or Regress?

In a landmark speech in Prague in April 2009, President Obama laid out a bold agenda to move toward a nuclear-free world. Over the next seven years, his Administration reached a treaty with Russia to reduce strategic arm stockpiles, convened international summits to secure nuclear materials against transfer or theft, and concluded an historic nuclear agreement with Iran.

Lead Negotiator Wendy Sherman Explains the Iran Nuclear Deal

Chief U.S. Iran nuclear negotiator, Ambassador Wendy Sherman, visited the Wilson Center to explain the intricacies of the deal and to offer her assessment of the final outcome and what will follow. She responded to questions from the Wilson Center’s Rob Litwak, and also from members of the audience.

Wendy Sherman, Chief U.S. Nuclear Negotiator with Iran
Robert S. Litwak, Vice President for Scholars and Academic Relations and Director of International Security Studies, Wilson Center

The Iran Nuclear Deal: What Lies Ahead?

Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz visited the Wilson Center to discuss the Iran nuclear deal and what lies ahead with the Center’s President, Director, and CEO, Jane Harman.

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Jane Harman, Director, President and CEO, Wilson Center
Ernest Moniz, United States Secretary of Energy

Moderation in Iran? Don't get your hopes up.

Iranians go to the polls Friday to elect a new parliament and Assembly of Experts, the body that — at least on paper — chooses the next supreme leader. The world is watching to see if the reformist camp will gain ground, but expectations aren't high.

Research Intern (Italian Language Specialist)

Research Intern (Italian Language Specialist)

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The Key to Nuclear Restraint

Sweden's Plans to Acquire Nuclear Weapons During the Cold War

Why have some nations acquired nuclear weapons while others have refrained? In this seminar, Dr. Thomas Jonter will analyze Sweden’s Cold War plans to acquire nuclear weapons and explore why some states choose restraint.

On North Korea, US Policymakers Misunderstand the History Between Beijing and Pyongyang

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, faced with North Korea’s claim to have tested a hydrogen bomb, complained to his Chinese counterpart that China’s strategy toward North Korea “has not worked, and we cannot continue business as usual.” In the wake of last week’s missile launch, presidential candidates from both parties called on China to do more. But American observers may have exaggerated the docility of North Korea toward China from the beginning, according to the diplomatic record of Sino-North Korean relations during the Cold War.

Inside the Iran Negotiations: A Conversation with Chief Negotiator Wendy Sherman

What was it like to be inside the room during the roller coaster saga of the historic nuclear deal with Iran? What role did personal relationships and domestic politics play in this landmark accord? What were the key moments that made success possible or could have threatened the deal? And what lessons can be learned from U.S.-Iranian negotiations?

Join us for an extraordinary event as Chief U.S. Negotiator Ambassador Wendy Sherman takes us inside the room for an intimate look at the personalities, politics and negotiating dynamics that defined the nuclear agreement. 

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